The writings of Oliver Sacks and others have shown us that we can learn much about ourselves by looking closely at the deficits shown by people with neurological problems. V.S. Ramachandran has seen countless patients suffering from anosognosia, phantom limb pain, blindsight, and other disorders, and he brings a remarkable mixture of clinical intuition and research savvy to bear on their problems.
Of Two Minds is an intimate look into what it is like to live with bipolar disorder, through three unique cases we learn of the struggles and successes faced on a daily basis and how these people have managed to cope with such extreme emotions. Using a combination of intimate verité and revealing interviews, we gradually gain insight into what it must feel like to be bipolar, going from the hig
A brilliant young man, he was appointed professor at the University of Basel aged 24 having not even finished his degree. His evanescent philosophical life ended 20 years later when he went insane and died shortly afterwards. Nietzsche’s argued that the Christian system of faith and worship was not only incorrect, but harmful to society because it allowed the weak to rule the strong – it suppress
This extraordinary interview reveals the ordeal of Natascha Kampusch, imprisoned in a cellar for eight years by Wolfgang Priklopil. Although her story has since been pushed slightly down the league table of horror by the similar experiences of Elisabeth Fritzl and Jaycee Lee Dugard, Natascha – snatched on her way to school in Vienna in March 1998 – emerges as a startlingly self-possessed, int
This is a film I made (The Author) in 2005 for the BBC. “I guess this thing is about having a small dick, and it’s horrible saying that because it’s true…. And why is it such a problem? This is what this film is about”. My Penis and I follows my two-year journey to discover if size matters. It charts the effect my penis has had on my life, my family and my relationship with my girlfriend Nicol
The follow-up to My Penis and I, explores why men find talking about anxieties they have with their penis so difficult.
Susan Polgar is the world's first female chess grandmaster. But she wasn't born with her brilliant brain - it was created by the unique experiment that dominated her childhood. From the age of four her father trained her for up to six hours a day at chess alone. Growing up in the early 1970s, no woman had ever held the title of chess grandmaster. It was widely believed that female brains weren'
In early times, evil spirits were thought to possess people and make them act in strange and frightening ways. By the 1800’s, the study of this hysteria led some doctors to believe one person could have separately functioning personalities. In this rare research film from the 1920’s, a woman has different personalities who believes they are separate people. One is a male that is not comfortable
Murderous masterminds, brilliant, wicked, conniving, they are driven by revenge, dogma and ego their common trait appears to be exceptional intelligence but what transforms such gifted men into some of the most brutal killers and which of them could be considered most evil? A scale exits to measure the darkest corners of human behavior, it weights the criminal mind and the crime committed. From im