Friday, August 10, 2007

National Geographic - My Brilliant Brain - All 6 parts

I have located all 6 parts of the National Geographic series "My Brilliant Brain".

Here are all 6 parts:

Click here to view an 8 minute preview on - Episode 2 (Part 1)
here to view an 8 minute preview - Episode 2 (Part 2)
here to view an 8 minute preview - Episode 2 (Part 3)
here to view a 10 minute preview - Episode 2 (Part 4)
here to view a 6 minute preview - Episode 2 (Part 5)
here to view a 6 minute preview - Episode 2 (Part 6)
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Anonymous said...

Amazing show. Very nicely done by National Geographic.

Anonymous said...

I watched all 6 parts. Nice movie.

Out_of_the_Ether said...

And who could that blitz opponent be? :-)

Anonymous said...

There's no question that the brain can be trained: just appreciate a world-class pianist playing Rach 2 from memory. There's a combination of technical skill, physical dexterity and artistic interpretation there which is just awesome.
There's no question that the brain is more trainable at an early age.
The question is whether it is a wise thing to do, to focus the brain early on a specific skill - or whether it is better to expose the brain to a wider diet of experiences and make it more broadly-based.
The Chinese are training very young children to be athletes with extreme regimes: the USSR did the same. Is/was it good for them long term: in many cases not. There are suggestions that some Chinese methods classify as child-abuse.
As a parent, one has difficult choices to make, and we're not well informed as to how to make them.

andrew said...

Very interesting documentary, Susan. I have one question about the scan. Did they also do the same thing for novice / intermediate chess players to prove that the 'face recognition' part of the brain was not especially active when those players looked at images from their own chess games?

Anonymous said...

Part 6 was interesting.
But it seems improper for the researcher to call it the "fusiform face" brain structure.

Other researchers properly call it the "fusiform gyrus", as there is no evidence that this structure is limited to patterns of faces only. Rather it is probably involved in all sorts of pattern acquisition and recognition.

I watched and enjoyed all 6 parts.
I feel the show needed to spend more time on how to make the young child WANT to spend so much time on one thing.
The young Susan made sacrifices by studying chess so many hours, yet she often enjoyed the studying.
We all find it 1000% easier to study something we enjoy.

I gather that Lazlo's technique was something like "If you kids want Daddy's or Mommy's attention, study chess": is that accurate?

Anonymous said...

susan and her sisters abilities are not just the result of playing a lot of chess at a young age, clearly the genetic component has been grosly understated in this documentury.

Mozart didint become a genius simply becouse he practised more at a younger age.
we are all born with a different genetic potential that can be relised through hard work, but not every one that goes to the gym can become arnold swartzenegger and not everyone who plays chess can become susan polgar.

Anonymous said...

Susan, you're just great!!!

Thank you very much for the links!


Anonymous said...

"not every one that goes to the gym can become arnold swartzenegger and not everyone who plays chess can become susan polgar"

Not true: that is exactly waht the vidos are trying to tell. Everyone has the potential to do great: if they are properly nurtured and encouraged from a very young age. .... and it is not child abuse, give me a break! Unless a child enjoys himself/herself, there is no way he/she is going to "become a genius".

Stephen Davies said...

Do you seriously believe that, Anonymous? That if you took 100 children and trained them in chess from birth, that all 100 would end up playing chess like Susan Polgar? That if you took 100 children and trained them in music from birth, that all 100 would end up composing music like Mozart?

I don't know what the equation is, but I'm certain it's not 0% nature, 100% nurture!

Ehsen said...

Hello Susan,

I am Ehsen from Pakistan; have been playing Chess since last two decades; the issue is I can not remember much more.

Do you have any suggestion for me.


veena said...

please visit the following websites of school of genius psychologics where an individual is trained to be a genius. and

Tintin said...

The program on NG about Susan was motivational. But I feel that the pivot was the nurturing & the training.... what good the seed unless it falls on fertile grounds?

To come to the point, the focus of the NG Program seems to be on 'rate' of achievement not the 'enormity' or 'uniqueness' of the achievements or how.

I have been hoping that this (Series of Programs)would add to my understanding of genius but I am not sure if I could make a checklist or a methedology of making one a genius after the programmes.

Its almost like trying to see a bruce-lee movie and having no clue as to why he is so great a fighter even after multiple repeat viewing

No offense to Susan.

Anonymous said...

susan's brain is simply great. that's all we can say

bLuAnGeL24 said...

HhMmM...the documentary of national geographic- my brilliant brain was really inspiring because it tells us ordinary people, that we can also be a genius like you and the others, in such a way that we should only have determination and the heart on what we are doing..thanks to them..

Anonymous said...

Can someone suggest a check list for taining (hijacking)the child's fusiform brain for excellence in complex activities like chess, music and flying training?

Carlo said...

Good JOb! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, what is "repercusion"?

Anonymous said...

It's good.. I'd loved these type of documentaries... hehe... I want to understand more on this topic.. About these "God-gifted" talents... All I can say for now, is: "If you love what you are doing, no matter how hard and time-taking it is, you will do it in the end..."