Category “Psychology”

Guys and Dolls

10 years ago, a small company in California started making real life like dolls for sale. These dolls are more than a sex doll for some of the man who bought them, they develop feelings for these dolls and treated them like they're alive. The doll's features can be customised and they cost up to 6000USD each. Business has been booming and there are over 3000 dolls shipped worldwide, they get about 400 orders of dolls per year. Some of these orders are absurd, one of them requested for a doll with pubic hair starting from the belly button all the way to the mid-back section and another one...

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God on the Brain

Rudi Affolter and Gwen Tighe have both experienced strong religious visions. He is an atheist; she a Christian. He thought he had died; she thought she had given birth to Jesus. Both have temporal lobe epilepsy. Like other forms of epilepsy, the condition causes fitting but it is also associated with religious hallucinations. Research into why people like Rudi and Gwen saw what they did has opened up a whole field of brain science: neurotheology. The connection between the temporal lobes of the brain and religious feeling has led one Canadian scientist to try stimulating them. (They are...

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Glory Days: My Life As A Sniper

As soon as the rifle touched Sgt Rodriguez's shoulder, he knew he was going to be a sniper. At 20, he became a guiltless killing machine. This is his story of learning to kill and the challenge of how to stop. Noel Rodriguez entered the US Marine Corps to be a journalist. He'd never held a gun or thought about killing. But as soon as he held an M16 everything changed. 'When they gave me my rifle, I just felt it. I knew in my heart that nobody was going to be better than me.' But when Rodriguez first killed he couldn't believe what he'd done. 'I sent it, and that was all I could think of....

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First Kill

What is the psychology of war? Do soldiers become murderers when they enjoy killing? Is war beautiful? Are all humans capable of monstrous acts? FIRST KILL examines these and other questions, as it explores what war does to the human mind and soul. Interviews with several Vietnam veterans evoke the contradictory feelings that killing produces - fear, hate, seduction and pleasure. FIRST KILL also includes a discussion with Michael Herr, the former war correspondent who wrote the screenplays to Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket, and wrote Dispatches, the best and most important book about...

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Extraordinary People: The Million Dollar Mind Reader

Derek Ogilvie says he can read the minds of infants who are too young to communicate verbally. Now he agrees to undergo a series of controlled experiments to test the limits of his alleged abilities. He even faces the ultimate sceptic in the form of James Randi, an investigator of the paranormal who has offered $1million to anyone who can provide evidence of the supernatural. Apparently. “I get little movies played to me, I really do, I’m not a liar, I really, really do,” pants the Scotsman, spherical head bobbing like a drowning apple as footage shows the...

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Extraordinary People: The Girl Who Makes Miracles

Audrey Marie Santo is was an ordinary girl, untill at the age of 3 she fell into the swimming pool and drowned. At the hospital she regained her breath, but fell in a coma. Her parents brought her to Medjugorje where appearances of the virgin Mary were sighted, hoping for a miracle. The virgin Mary had a message for Audrey, and since then Audrey performed miracle healings to many people that visited...

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Extraordinary People: The Boy Who Lived Before

Ever since he could talk, Cameron has been telling stories of his life on Barra, a remote island in the Outer Hebrides, some 220 miles from his current home in Glasgow. He describes in detail his childhood on the island: the white house he lived in, the black-and-white dog he walked on the beach. He talks about his mother, seven siblings and his father, Shane Robertson, who died when he was run over by a car. Nothing strange about all that. Except the fact that Cameron is only five years old now; his memories seem to be of a former life. Cameron’s stories have become increasingly more...

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Every F*cking Day of My Life

Married at 16 years – with 18 years of violence following – left Wendy terrified. She summoned the courage to deal with her husband the only way she knew possible. Originally as One Minute to Nine, this documentary finally arrives at HBO with a somewhat more in-your-face title – and, in a stark, spare way that has come to characterize the pay channel, delivers a pretty bracing wallop. A harrowing portrait of domestic abuse, the project draws heavily on video shot by the dead abuser, as his wife, Wendy Maldonado, spends her final days of freedom before going to jail for his...

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Equinox: Psychopath

According to popular wisdom, psychopaths are ...crazed and bloodthirsty serial killers. The reality is not ...all so simple. While many psychopaths do commit violent crimes, not all psychopaths are criminals and not all criminals are psychopathic. Psychopaths are found in many walks of life and are often successful in competitive professions. However they are also ruthless, manipulative and destructive. Equinox reports on techniques developed by psychologists to work out whether a person is psychopathic and shows how brain scientists are coming close to mapping the malfunctions in the...

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