Brain: The Last Enigma

2003 ,    »  -   9 Comments
Ratings: 7.13/10 from 56 users.

Man invents faster every day in the pursuit of scientific knowledge. From the beginning of the universe or the birth of a star to the origin of life and genetic inheritance, the enigmas of existence have progressively been figured out. However, the human brain which has allowed the man to achieve this knowledge is still a mystery.

The essence of human intelligence is summarized in music - the perfect combination of reason and emotion. For example, each member of a musical quartet, overflowing with a wind of sensations, uses his memory to remember the piece glancing at the musical score every once in awhile and concentrating to create a virtuoso performance in unison with his companions.

The technique is already subconscious while their attention is aimed at creating the most moving performance. This is the objective, to provoke an emotion that, in this case, the listeners can intimately share and which arouses sensations of pleasure and sometimes rejection in the mind.

In order for this to happen music needs memory, intelligence and will. Where are they and why are they produces? These abilities come from the brain, the corporeal organ where all our thoughts and actions are developed. This is also the place where the mind is found as well as the essence of a person. What she thinks, what she feels and what she imagines. It is the hotbed of sensations and feelings, of images and ideas of each individual human being.

Due to its complexity the brain is one of the territories under scientific investigation with a most mysteries. The basis of its biology is known as well as some models of its functionality, but yet it's not understood why some things are remembered while others are not? Why such a strange mechanism like the human mind worries about itself, about the origin of life, and about the meaning of death?

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9 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Pysmythe

    This doc is packed with incredibly BAD orchestral and solo instrument mock-ups, and unfortunately it eventually gets to be a real distraction. I suppose it has some good information about the brain in it, but most all I ended up thinking was "convolution reverb, dude, and PAN that sh-t a little bit, why don't you?! Get that limp little wet noodle out of my face." A great deal of it sounds like Debussy with Alzheimer's... More power to you, if you're someone who can get past that.

  2. dmxi

    cheers Pys.,comments like yours stated above are essential to avoid replies like :"that's -insert length of bad documentary +of my life - i won't get back!"
    - cheers,from a cheery one -

  3. Pysmythe

    I understand it was a fairly low-budget production, but I don't think the composer even tried in this one, I really don't, because otherwise I'd be happy to give him some credit. And even if he mixed it himself, it should've sounded better than this...

  4. bringmeredwine

    This doc sure had some crazy visual effects! One almost gave me seizure; another had a hypnotic effect; then there was revulsion, or ridiculousness, (ie.the creepy bald guy or the whacked- out clown).
    I kept smirking, thinking about what you and dmxi had written about this.
    I only noticed the terrible sound effects, when I was trying to hear what the scientists were saying.
    This is still an interesting doc if you can get past all the weird imagery.

  5. Pysmythe

    Yeah, I thought about 30 minutes in it got a little better, but I don't really think I saw anything here that I hadn't already seen in other docs about the brain, other than that bit about tricking it into providing some relief for some phantom-limb sufferers simply by way of a mirror. I thought that part was really interesting, how the brain can perceive things like that. It reminded me a little bit of a kind of magic trick I saw recently, where people were fooled into thinking their arm was actually being smashed with a hammer solely by using a similar principle.

  6. Fabien L'Amour

    The 90 seconds intro incredibly annoying both to watch and hear, I put it on hold. You are usually a good judge of doc quality, should I keep watching or is it more of the same visual and auditive irritants for 50 minutes?

  7. bringmeredwine

    LOL Did you almost have a seizure, too?
    I only kept watching because I thought it was rather funny.
    I did learn a couple of things though.
    I don't think a serious guy like you would like it.
    (but of course, I could be wrong).

  8. Jett Rink

    I posted a while earlier what I hoped might be helpful, but realized on re-reading it, it was confusing at best. This particular documentary I didn't care for in the first minute or two, so I tried to find out its source, failed after two minutes of that and left my earlier comment intending it to convey my belief that undocumented documentaries are at least a waste of time (I don't partake of them) and at worst terribly misleading. Anyway, the disclaimer: Most of the documentaries found at TDF are tops. Keep in mind I replace my psychology bookshelf, except for the quaint classics, every five years. In fact when in-depth new studies build on each other, it sometimes obviates most if not all prior research in the field. So, even the best expositions in the field of science, if long in the tooth, should be taken with a grain of salt. Well, this statement was made after my coffee. It is nonetheless opinion, obviously.

  9. pradip n chogale

    I like this. Beautiful presentation about our brain. Thank you.

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