Brain Games Season 1
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National Geographic's groundbreaking three-part series provides a fascinating window into the inner workings of the brain as never before. Through interactive experiments and tricks, Brain Games reveals how our brains create the illusion of a seamless reality. As these revealing experiments provide a unique view into our brains, the world's leading experts explain how and why these tests work.
Brain Games explores cutting-edge science to examine real people with extraordinary brains, revealing new discoveries about attention, sensory perception and memory.
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However, National Geographic's Brain Games is a wonderful exception. Smart and engaging, the three episode series looks at the way our brain works, demonstrating how the brain processes information and stimuli and how that shapes how we look and interact with the world around us. The world is complicated, and our brain works extremely hard to process and make sense of it. Most of the time, it's successful at helping us cope with others and the world around us, but sometimes it fails. And, thanks to recent advances in cognitive science, we are able to examine (and learn from) failure-cases like never before. Sounds complicated and boring, but Brain Games isn't. There are at least 15 interactive experiments that the viewer can participate in throughout each show. These aren't boring math problems, but rather truly interactive experiments; many will leave you in complete surprise when the the results are revealed. (For example, did you manage to notice the error I did in the previous sentence?) If you didn't, it's because our brain is constantly shaping the world around us so that it makes sense to us, and assumed there should only be a single "the" there instead of two.
Brain Games doesn't try to cover the implications of the scientific studies they highlight, (and it shouldn't, as that would be an entire series unto itself) but these are of immense importance and have real, practical consequences. Our belief systems are based on the way our brains look at and construct the world, and so, for example, we believed for thousands of years that the sun revolved around the earth. Even now, our common disagreements on contentious, incommensurable issues such as abortion, (Does life begin at birth or conception?), may be traceable at least in part to the way our brains help shape and construct our beliefs.
Do yourself a favor and grab this DVD. Brilliant job by National Geographic.
I saw one episode on a flight and was totally hooked. The video is not only informative but interactive. It interacts with the audience and there are things the audience can try out at the same time while watching. It is like being part of a magic performance.
My wife and I watched the first season together after I bought it and we loved it! I have since purchased the second and we are really looking forward to it!
Strongly recommend it for audience of all ages.
SURE OF ONLY TO FIND THAT WE CAN'T BE SURE OF ANYTHING WE SEE...I WILL NEVER SAY AGAIN
THAT I AM POSITIVE OF WHAT I SAW OR REMEMBER SEEING..
EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY POLICE, ATTORNEYS, AND "EYE" WITNESSES SHOULD SEE THIS SERIES
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