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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 5: Why Do I Need You?

Summary

The neuroscientist explores how the human brain relies on other brains to thrive and survive. This neural interdependence begins at birth, so he invites a group of babies to a puppet show to showcase their ability to discern who is trustworthy, and who is not.

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

We are hardwired as extremely social creatures – yes, even if you’re one of those people who doesn’t like going to dinner parties – so what happens to our brains when we’re cut off from other humans?

Dr Eagleman looks at the case of Sarah Shourd, who was held hostage by the Iranian government for 410 days in solitary confinement. “Your brain turns in on itself and becomes the source of your worst pain and your worst torture,” she says, describing how she began to see dust particles as human beings.

Later on we hear about how genocide happens when a group of people reduce their brain activity enough to dehumanise individuals on a massive scale. Terrifying, fascinating stuff.

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Cast

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PresenterDavid Eagleman

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

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  • Episode 5

    Why Do I Need You?

    Summary

    The neuroscientist explores how the human brain relies on other brains to thrive and survive. This neural interdependence begins at birth, so he invites a group of babies to a puppet show to showcase their ability to discern who is trustworthy, and who is not.

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    We are hardwired as extremely social creatures – yes, even if you’re one of those people who doesn’t like going to dinner parties – so what happens to our brains when we’re cut off from other humans?

    Dr Eagleman looks at the case of Sarah Shourd, who was held hostage by the Iranian government for 410 days in solitary confinement. “Your brain turns in on itself and becomes the source of your worst pain and your worst torture,” she says, describing how she began to see dust particles as human beings.

    Later on we hear about how genocide happens when a group of people reduce their brain activity enough to dehumanise individuals on a massive scale. Terrifying, fascinating stuff.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterDavid Eagleman

    Crew

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