A fascinating insight into Australian home life as three frazzled, stressed-out families attempt to improve their work/life balance by participating in 'The Nest' experiment. We've always liked to think of ourselves as a nation of relaxed, carefree individuals who aren't inclined to let work get in the way of a good time. But does the popular image match the reality? Or is there a more confronting truth? That we've turned into a country of stressed-out workaholics, more interested in making a living than having a life.
How do our brains generate consciousness? We take it for granted that the brain makes being alive feel the way it does, but there's no reason why it should. The brain is made of the same biological ingredients as the rest of the body, and yet somehow it manages to generate the indescribable phenomenon of consciousness.
The changes in the brain during the growth and development of a baby into an adult are explored. Susan Greenfield looks at how little of the fine structure of our brains is predetermined at birth, how the connections between nerves are constantly changing in response to what we encounter in the outside world. She explains her view that learning, memory and even the process of becoming a unique individual, should all be seen as a restless brain adapting minute by minute to the environment it encounters. Life is about how the world leaves its mark on us.
What is it about the brain that has put us in charge of the planet? Were has the human unique linguistic abilities come from? Are there special structures in our brains which no other animals possess? Or is it possible that our sophisticated rich cultures are merely the result of having larger brains? Susan Greenfield explains why she believes we are truly just big brained chimps.
The illusion of vision. It feels as though we open our eyes and just see what's out there, but the more we learn about the brain's visual system, the further it seems this is from the truth. Patients, who can't see movement or recognise faces, reveal the tricks and short cuts the brain uses to construct an illusion of reality. Is the brain making up so much of what we think we're seeing that vision is really just dreaming with your eyes open?
Susan Greenfield explains why she believes all aspects of human experience will eventually be explained in terms of the physical processes of the brain. The story of how we have gradually come to understand the astonishing complexity of the brain is revealed, from the earliest crude studies of the effects of brain injury, through to the latest insights from direct stimulation of specific areas in patients undergoing brain surgery whilst wide awake. Is it possible that our most spiritual feelings are merely the result of electrical activity in the temporal lobe?
In the Logie- and Atom Award-nominated Two Men And A Baby, audiences were introduced to Tony and Lee, a committed gay couple who wanted to have a family. Two Men And Two Babies takes audiences back into the lives of Tony and Lee, one of Australia's first gay male couples to take the controversial step of creating a family through commercial surrogacy.
Where do emotions come from? Why do they feel so different from thoughts? Is the answer in the biochemistry of the brain and all the hundreds of chemical neurotransmitters which bathe the nerves?
This week, Sex In The Bush explores the really fun bit - copulation. Combining stunning footage with entertaining stories from scientists who have dedicated their lives to the study of animal sex. Episode Two reveals extraordinarily intimate details of what occurs during sexual intercourse.
A documentary about a boy who was born in 1972, without a working immune system - David Vetter, who became known as The Boy In The Bubble.
Jacinta is one of the new girls. She used to be an A-grade student but her self-esteem is now low. She's also feeling ill. Morning sickness is preventing her from going to school and she's starting to think that something is wrong.
For this team of doctors, patients include everyone from the elite of the world's climbing communities, frostbitten and dying from pulmonary oedema, to holiday trekkers with altitude sickness, and local children suffering from all the illnesses you might expect to find in one of the world's poorest countries. These volunteers must make life and death decisions on a daily basis, a world away from the facilities of a modern hospital. Evacuation from this altitude is either a two-day walk on the back of a porter or an expensive and dangerous helicopter ride.
Of all the poisons in this series, MDMA or ecstasy, generates the most hysteria. Like many illegal drugs, the popular press has done a very successful job confusing the public about its relative dangers. The fact is, there are many more alcohol and tobacco related deaths than there are people who die from taking the notorious party pill.
Where does alcohol come from? What happens to it in our bodies? Where does it go? What effect does it have? Few of us give these questions a passing thought as we sip our wine, beer or spirits. As long as we enjoy the taste and it makes us feel good, the less we know, the better. Right? That depends.
Marijuana is a drug that divides people. Some people herald it as the wonder drug of the '90s, capable of relieving the symptoms of many serious illnesses. Others rue the day the cannabis sativa plant was ever discovered.
Don't drink, smoke, or do drugs? Think you've got no vices? Think again. If you drink coffee, tea, cola or indulge in the occasional piece of chocolate, then you're using a drug. Believe it or not, caffeine has the same pharmacological effects on the body as many of the substances we associate with doing harm.
Is it any wonder millions of people smoke? A cigarette helps calm us down and even lose weight. The problem is, once a lot of us start smoking, we can't stop. The habit's addictive! Why? Tobacco contains nicotine, the drug that keeps us coming back. And as we all know the risks of puffing away outweigh the benefits.
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