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Using simple analogies, real-life case studies, and state-of-the-art CGI, this special shows how the brain works, explains the frequent battle between instinct and reason, and unravels the mysteries of memory and decision-making. It takes us inside the mind of a soldier under fire to see how decisions are made in extreme situations, examines how an autistic person like Rain Man develops remarkable skills, and takes on the age-old question of what makes one person good and another evil.
Research is rushing forward. We've learned more about the workings of the brain in the last five years than in the previous one hundred. This DVD from HISTORYTM brings it all to spellbinding life.
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"The human brain, one of the last great frontiers...We've learned more about it in the last 5 years than in the last 5,000 years...For the first time, we're actually seeing what's going on in the brain during sex...What makes some brains evil?...And is there really such a thing as ESP [ExtraSensory Perception]?...Technology is finally unlocking the secrets of the brain. It's explaining why we behave the way we do. It's helping experts develop new methods and machines to boost our brain power. And its revealing the untapped abilities that we all have inside our heads."
The above is what the narrator states in the introduction of this interesting documentary that uses simple analogies, real-life case studies, and state-of-the-art computer generated images.
This program is not about explaining detailed anatomy of the brain. Instead it features experts in brain studies (interweaved with narration) explaining a brain-related topic (like those given above: sex, evil, ESP) and brain function while fantastic animations provide an additional look of what's going on in the brain (learned through brain-imaging techniques) at a specific time.
Eleven brain-related topics are discussed. Eight of the topics last between eight and eleven minutes while three of the topics last between four and six minutes.
The last topic is particularly interesting. Discussed is the future of the brain and how technology may interface with the brain to enhance its abilities for all of us.
I was amazed at the scope of what this documentary covers. However, each topic is given brief treatment (as can be inferred from the above times). It feels that we are given a sample of each topic.Read more ›
The credibility of the entire show was compromised somewhat by spending some time on so-called psychic research, although they make it clear that this is on the outer edges of research. The one glaring omission was any mention of noted skeptic Randi's standing million dollar challenge to demonstrate psychic ability under controlled circumstances.
Still, it was quite informative, and made good use of a color-coded graphic model of the brain that helped a lot in understanding the research described. In fact, I'd say the graphics might be the best part. In any case, it was quite thought-provoking, which is what a documentary is all about.
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Gives an introductory view of how the first generation Brain studies are being applied in societyPublished 14 months ago by Opus1
I bought this hoping I would learn something new.
I should have known this would be shallow and pointless given the target audience and mentality of the history... Read more
I found the exploded 3D model of brain helpful in visualizing where the different parts involved in a response were located. Read morePublished 17 months ago by M. Sullivan