These are 2 documentaries I found very interesting and I thought I would share them with the community.
Don't Grow Old
Synopsis from the website:
For centuries scientists have been attempting to come up with an elixir of youth. Now remarkable discoveries are suggesting that aging is something
flexible that can ultimately be manipulated.
Horizon meets the scientists who are attempting to piece together why we age and more vitally for all of us, what we can do to prevent it. But which
theory will prevail?
Does the 95-year-old woman who smokes two packets of cigarettes a day hold the clue? Do blueberries really delay signs of aging or is it more a
question of attitude?
Does the real key to controlling how we age lie with a five-year-old boy with an extraordinary aging disease or with a self-experimenting Harvard
professor? Could one of these breakthroughs really see our lives extend past 120 years?
What makes a genius?
Synopsis from site :
Could you have come up with Einstein’s theory of relativity? If not – why not? This is what Marcus du Sautoy, professor of mathematics, wants to
Marcus readily admits that he is no genius, but wants to know if geniuses are just an extreme version of himself – or whether their brains are
Marcus meets some remarkable individuals – Tommy, an obsessive artist who uses his whole house as his canvas; Derek: blind, autistic, and a pianist
with apparently prodigious gifts; Claire who is also blind, but whose brain has learnt to see using sound.
Marcus is shown how babies have remarkable abilities which most of us lose as teenagers. He meets a neuroscientist who claims he has evidence of
innate ability, a scientist who’s identified a gene for learning, and Dr. Paulus, who has discovered how to sharpen the brain… by electrically
Both of these documentaries really challenged the way I think and I would recommend them to anyone.
ps: this website has hundreds of free documentaries (possibly a thousand?)
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