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The Brain with David Eagleman

  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Education

Summary

Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the wonders of the human brain in a series that reveals the ultimate story of us, why we feel and think the things we do.

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Episode 1: What Is Reality?

Summary

Neuroscientist David Eagleman takes viewers on a journey into the inner workings of the human brain, revealing how it affects thoughts, actions and beliefs.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Here’s a question to mess up your day: how do you know that you aren’t simply a detached brain, floating in a jar on a shelf somewhere, with the world fed to you through a cable? We rely on our senses to see the world, but the brain is fundamentally blind. In fact, when you think about it, what’s the difference between floating in a jar and bobbing around in your skull?

The first in Dr David Eagleman’s explorations of that miraculous ‘three pounds of jello’ shows how the brain creates its own reality from the chaotic data it receives every day. It makes you feel oddly vulnerable, and oddly powerful. Like Hamlet, we are all bounded in a nutshell, counting ourselves kings of infinite space.

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Cast

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PresenterDavid Eagleman

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DirectorGlenn Barden
DirectorToby Trackman
Executive producerJustine Kershaw
Executive producerDan Oliver
Series producerJennifer Beamish
WriterDavid Eagleman

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  • Episode 1

    What Is Reality?

    Summary

    Neuroscientist David Eagleman takes viewers on a journey into the inner workings of the human brain, revealing how it affects thoughts, actions and beliefs.

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Here’s a question to mess up your day: how do you know that you aren’t simply a detached brain, floating in a jar on a shelf somewhere, with the world fed to you through a cable? We rely on our senses to see the world, but the brain is fundamentally blind. In fact, when you think about it, what’s the difference between floating in a jar and bobbing around in your skull?

    The first in Dr David Eagleman’s explorations of that miraculous ‘three pounds of jello’ shows how the brain creates its own reality from the chaotic data it receives every day. It makes you feel oddly vulnerable, and oddly powerful. Like Hamlet, we are all bounded in a nutshell, counting ourselves kings of infinite space.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterDavid Eagleman

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorGlenn Barden
    DirectorToby Trackman
    Executive producerJustine Kershaw
    Executive producerDan Oliver
    Series producerJennifer Beamish
    WriterDavid Eagleman
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