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.
Kirsty wants to be a lawyer, but even getting to class seems to be a bit much sometimes. Having a boyfriend who wants her to stay home with their baby doesn't help the situation.
An eye-opening educational reality series that takes Australian families and predicts their children's future health. Today it's the Peafu family.
When Oxford University scientist Hugh Sinclair claimed in the 1940's that the fatty acid Omega-3 found in fish was good for your health, he was ridiculed and lost his university post. But times have changed and this documentary looks at how Omega-3 is now being hailed as a panacea.
In this program, Professor Robert Winston looks at the physical changes brought about by puberty. Footage shot inside the body reveals how sexual development accelerates, periods start, voices break, and spots and body odour make their first appearance as hormones surge through the system.
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