The Brain with David Eagleman

2015 • PBS
38 reviews
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Season 1 episodes (6)

1 What is Reality?
Dr. David Eagleman takes viewers on an extraordinary journey in "What is Reality?" He explores how the brain, locked in silence and darkness without direct access to the world, conjures up the rich and beautiful world we all take for granted.
2 What Makes Me?
"What Makes Me?" explores how we are our brains, how our personality, emotions, and memories are encoded as neural activity. The process of becoming someone continues through our lives. We change our brain, and our brain changes us.
3 Who is in Control?
In "Who is in Control?" Dr. Eagleman explores the unconscious brain, and reveals that everything from our movements, to our decisions, to our behaviour is largely controlled and orchestrated by an invisible world of unconscious neural activity.
4 How Do I Decide?
In "How Do I Decide?" Dr. David Eagleman explores how the brain navigates the tens of thousands of conscious decisions we make every day, and the many more unconscious decisions we make about everything from who we find attractive, to what we perceive.
5 Why Do I Need You?
In "Why Do I Need You?" Dr. David Eagleman explores how the brain relies on other brains to thrive and survive. This neural interdependence underpins our need to group together, and our ability to do the very best and the very worst of things to each other.
6 Who Will We Be?
In "Who Will We Be?" Dr. Eagleman journeys into the future, and asks what’s next for the human brain, and for our species. He reveals that in the future our descendants may be so different to us that we will be strangers to them.

About this show

Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the wonders of the human brain in an epic series that reveals the ultimate story of us, why we feel and think the things we do. This ambitious project blends science with innovative visual effects and compelling personal stories, and addresses some big questions. By understanding the human brain, we can come close to understanding humanity.

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38 reviews
Susan Kay
September 9, 2016
PBS - Doing what they do best : Exploring Science and Medicine, and reducing it to very human, and very fascinating terms! A real bargain for $10!!
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Michael Robnson
March 8, 2016
Do we have free will? I used to think so. Great series.
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Turk i A.
December 29, 2015
More fascinating than my neuroscience classes at my medical school were.
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