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NOVA; Secrets of the Mind



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Secrets of the Mind
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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A missing arm that can feel. A blind man who can see. A son who believes his parents are impostors. An epileptic with intense spiritual visions. To Dr. V. S. Ramachandran, these bizarre conditions provide a fascinating glimpse into the inner working of our most complex and mysterious organ, the human brain. NOVA profiles the work of this eminent brain researcher. Called “one of the most interesting neuroscientists of our time” by Dr. Oliver Sacks (author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat), Ramachandran has a passion for big philosophical questions such as, What is consciousness? What do we mean by a belief? How does the brain create our sense of reality? Ramachandran, who was born in India, is professor and director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego. A tireless researcher and clinician, and author of Phantoms in the Brain.



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