The Preamble:

In our house, we get most of our entertainment viewing from the library. We watch everything on a computer (haven’t had a TV in my house, dedicated to watching anything, since 1996).

Anyway, we live in a smaller city, and our library has a decent collection of things to watch. It’s certainly not the same as in larger centers in which we’ve lived in the past, but we get by quite handily, here.

We see all kinds of movies, TV series… A lot of crap, of course. Some gems, too.

The Shit You Need To Know:

I got this series called Brainwave from the library. As it says on the cover, “celebrities and scientists discuss the mysteries of the mind.”

This shit is right up my alley. I love talking about the brain. I live with a Master’s-degree therapist and next to none of it has rubbed off on me (except I’M SO WELL ADJUSTED DAMMIT). I know next to nothing about it, but that’s the beauty of it – a little knowledge can lead you in fascinating directions. I totally had to sign this 3-DVD behemoth out of the library.

Even better, on disc 3, 8th episode of the series, Henry Rollins and David Eagleman have a conversation during this the Rubin Museum of Art series on the brain. I do like me some Henry Rollins. I had to watch.

It’s a wide-ranging conversation. It starts out mostly about dreams, and really plays mostly like an informative therapy session for Henry. You know, he says ‘ I had a dream about this…’ and then Eagleman would say “well, science says that’s because of this…” and so on. But as the session goes on, they range off into other topics, like meditation and daydreaming and just about anything that pops into Rollins’ head. I think there was a cohesive structure to it, though it really played like a sort of rambling conversation. But I think he got to ask some good questions about things that have happened to himself (and surely the rest of us, at some point or other) of a guy who (purportedly) knows a lot about this.

It’s a decent conversation to watch. They both talk really fast; Eagleman practically trips over his own words to get it all out, but it was a really cool viewing experience.

Other Shit You Need To Know:

You won’t know many of the scientists involved, but the other people involved here are Debra Winger, Mario Batali, Lewis Black, Amy Tan, R. L. Stine, Eric Weiner, Laurie Anderson, Mark Morris and Loch Kelly.

I haven’t watched any of the rest yet – I went straight for the Hank section – but I fully intend to watch the rest and, if it’s as cool and insightful as that Rollins conversation was, it’ll be some damn fine viewing indeed. Hell, I might even learn something.


Posted on August 2, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. This sounds interesting. I just started watching a recent science show called Big History. No major guest names but Bryan Cranston narrarates.


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