Daily Archives: October 18, 2015

THE BRAIN WITH DAVID EAGLEMAN | All Is Not As It Seems


PBS

Published on Oct 7, 2015

http://pbs.org/thebrain
Premieres Wednesdays, October 14-November 18, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS.

David explains how the brain is tricked by the checker shadow illusion. What we see doesn’t necessarily match on to the reality beyond our senses.

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THE BRAIN WITH DAVID EAGLEMAN | Messing With Reality


PBS

Published on Oct 8, 2015

http://pbs.org/thebrain
Premieres Wednesdays, October 14-November 18, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS.

David Eagleman experiences a new visual reality – with nauseating consequences. He experiences the enormous effort his brain goes to construct the world around him.

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THE BRAIN WITH DAVID EAGLEMAN | Born Unfinished


PBS

Published on Oct 17, 2015

http://pbs.org/thebrain
Premieres Wednesdays, October 14-November 18, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS.

Many newborn animals are born ready for the world, compared to human babies who are born helpless. The unfinished brains of young humans allows them to develop and adapt to whichever environments they are born into.

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THE BRAIN WITH DAVID EAGLEMAN


PBS

Published on Jun 4, 2015

Premieres Wednesdays, October 14-November 18, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS.

Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores 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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THE BRAIN WITH DAVID EAGLEMAN | Inside a Child’s Brain


PBS

Published on Oct 18, 2015

http://pbs.org/thebrain
Premieres Wednesdays, October 14-November 18, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS.

A typical 2 year old is building 2 million new connections every second but after the age of two this growth is halted, and a process of pruning begins. The process of becoming someone is about pruning back the brain’s connections.

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THE BRAIN WITH DAVID EAGLEMAN | Unconscious Cues


PBS

Published on Oct 18, 2015

http://pbs.org/thebrain
Premieres Wednesdays, October 14-November 18, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS.

The unconscious brain picks up on sexual cues without you even being aware of it. In this experiment men were asked to look at photographs of women’s faces and make judgments about them. They had no conscious awareness of what was influencing their answers.

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Women Make Change – Gaining Ground: Nicaragua’s Women Coffee Farmers


Al Jazeera English

Published on Oct 18, 2015

Coffee is one of the world’s most highly-traded commodities, and in Nicaragua, women undertake 70 percent of the work but own just 23 percent of the land, facilities, and products.

The lucrative tasks are done by men, who retain control over household incomes, while women’s work in agriculture tends to go unpaid and is slotted between other household chores.

Fatima Ismael is committed to narrowing the gender gap in Nicaragua by creating work opportunities in the coffee business and helping women buy their own land.
Ismael’s organisation, the Union de Cooperativas Agropecuarias Soppexcca, was bankrupt when she took over, but it is now a thriving cooperative of 650 people.

In 2003, it became the first organisation to implement a gender-equality policy, and 32 others have since followed suit.

Her organisation works to help female farmers produce, manage, and market their own coffee and offers women producers credit to enable them to buy their own land.

In this film, we meet Maxima Talavera, who – thanks to a loan from Soppexcca – has been able to improve her home and buy extra farm animals.

She is now independent and able to provide for her children and ensure they attend school.

Soppexcca also uses the proceeds of the business to help fund a health clinic to detect and treat women with cervical cancer – Nicaragua has the highest rate in the world – and has built seven local schools.

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