Lobes and lightsBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7259.518 (Published 19 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:518
- Rhona MacDonald
Brain Story, BBC 2, Tuesdays at 9 pm until 22 August
Religious experiences are due to temporal lobe stimulation. Our brain tells us what to do, not the other way round. What we see isn't really there at all. These are some of the claims made in Brain Story, a fascinating series exploring the science behind our personalities.
In the first episode Dr Susan Greenfield states that neuroscience can explain everything about ourselves, including what we think, feel, experience, know, and remember. She sets herself the impossible task of trying to prove this to us in a mere six episodes. In her quest to solve the mystery of the “sludgy 1.5 kg mass of protein and fat” we call the human brain she introduces us to talking chimps, a disturbing “self mutilation” circus, and a mad scientist calling himself Dr Disgust. We learn, for example, that there seems to be an area of our …