In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
Our newest TEDx science crush — Terrie Williams, the biologist who led an expedition to Antarctica to study seals and named one SHAQUILLE O’SEAL.
Terrie is the head of the Williams Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. She loves big mammals, a passion that has led her on some wild adventures — sticking her hand into whale guts, comparing wild cheetahs to greyhounds, and strapping video cameras to seals in the Antarctic.
Much of Terrie’s research is about how big mammals do what they do: How do cheetahs sprint? How do Antarctic seals stay warm? How do dolphins dive? Here are some tidbits on Weddell seals, one of her main subjects of research and the cute fellows seen above:
Weddell seals are ice “reamers” — they have specialized teeth that act as ice picks and allow them to make breathing holes in the ice.
Each Weddell seal is equivalent in weight to nine Great Danes or 250 Chihuahuas, at least 850 pounds on average.
Weddell seals are able to dive to 2,000 feet and to stay underwater for more than an hour.
"While [12 Years a Slave’s] depiction of physical torture has commanded the most attention, I found the psychological torture more disturbing.
To make a person a slave requires making them complicit in their own subservience, through rituals of degradation, such as forcing them to clap their hands to mocking songs, dancing for their masters, or being stripped, or compared to animals.”
What fascinates me is the remarkable similarity in tactics between the slave owner and the CEOs of various industries (like the music industry).