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Notes on Blindness

   2016    History
In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind. In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Upon their publication in 1990, Oliver Sacks described the work as 'the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. It is to my mind a masterpiece.'
With exclusive access to these original recordings, Notes On Blindness encompasses dreams, memory and imaginative life, excavating the interior world of blindness.

Do You Know Yourself

   2017    Culture
Who are you? Do you even know who you are? Are you your memories? Are you the choices you make? Are you you? Or are you someone else, but manipulated to be you? If you can lose track of your past and your memories can be altered or implanted, in the end, who are you really? Michael Stevens finds out as he explores what makes you you.
Series: Mind Field Season 1

Stories We Tell

   2012    Culture
Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving.
Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families.

Mind Reading

   2019    Medicine
Mind reading might sound like pseudoscientific, but its scientific counterpart, thought identification, is very much a real thing. It's based in neuroimaging and machine learning, and what's really cool is that experiments in mind reading aren't just about spying on what someone is thinking. They're about figuring out what thoughts are even made of.
When you think of something, what does that mental picture actually look like? What resolution is it in? How high fidelity is a memory, and how do they change over time? In this episode, we are going to look at how reading people's minds can help us answer these questions.
Series: Mind Field

Alive Inside

   2014    Medicine
Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.
Through the Wormhole Season 8
Through the Wormhole Season 8

   2017    Science
Conquest of the Skies
Conquest of the Skies

   2015    Nature
Generation Iron
Generation Iron

   2018    Culture
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

   2014    Science
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead

   2017    History
It Was Fifty Years Ago Today
It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

   2017    Art
The Story of God
The Story of God

   2016    Culture
Through the Wormhole
Through the Wormhole

   2011    Science