BBC Horizon – The Secret You

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With the help of a hammer-wielding scientist, Jennifer Aniston and a general anaesthetic, Professor Marcus du Sautoy goes in search of answers to one of scie…


carol-ann logie says:

A cool documentary,thanks for sharing

tru9requ says:

Over-hyped circlejerk while back-patting – This, is the BBC… or wait,
have I perhaps mistaken it with the TED Talks?

annacramful says:

why not do the electrodes testing on subjects meditating? are the
connections local or not ? this cruelly missing here…

Graeme Briggs-White says:

We’ll never know the ins and outs of everything……. I hope. If we do,
then what. There’ll be nothing left for anyone else! :)

Melkorghost .Melkorghost says:

Interesting. I’d like to know more about how the brain reacts in the scans
when having lucid dreams.

Drake R says:

Thannks for this, now i too dont know who i’m anymore! A slave to
unconscious neural activity??!!

luly lulyanka says:

oh ma freakin, i just randomly clicked this vedo but first few minutes
are words from my mind when i was 5 years old and thought no one could
answer my question and when i asked i was told i was stupid 

manu moka says:

interesting research, but very unscientific to begin the search without any
clear definition of “consciousness.” they use brain activity,
bodily-awareness, memories, and other thoughts interchangeably.

EyesofGeisha says:

dolphins have great self awareness and recognise themselves in mirrors too.

Meggiez says:

About the mirror test: I believe dolphins are also able to recognize
themselves, but I’m not 100% sure

Karishma Jethmalani says:

For everyone interested in self awareness and consciousness.. one of the
most interesting documentaries I’ve seen!

Philip O'Meara says:

An amazing doc – horizon makes fantastic things!

mrpollack says:

Just check ,let say Ramana Maharishi’s teaching about “I” subject and you
my find some enlightenment ;-)

Anand Jha says:


Sharon Shen says:

consciousness vs unconsciousness_ logically answer how you sense the

SDCISK says:

You are not you. You are who your parents call you. -Alan Watts

Joseph Hardin says:

33:20(around there)…this guy is hung as hell.

Mega Heart says:

As the survivor of a brain injury and a medical professional, I found there
were definitely things lacking in this documentary; however, I did find it
fascinating to my own personal experiences. Brain injury can wipe out the
truest sense of “I,” yet I retained a sense of “I” when in another horrible
MVA that resulted in brain injury–yes, I have had the horror of having to
recover from two serious head injuries. While “unconscious” and unable to
respond, I wanted to yell at the personnel on the helicopter that I was
alive and not going to die, and I was very upset that they were saying my
baby was dead and I wasn’t going to make it. I also had the experience of
regaining my sense of self, of knowing who “I” was a good long way into
“recovery.” My parents speak to that strange sense of “me” not being
there. All agree “I” am now back. I won’t go any deeper than that. Maybe
a bit. I won’t say that the “I” am now is the same “I”, I, was before the
first brain injury.

v1e1r1g1e1 says:

Does this presentation suggest that CONSCIOUSNESS is 6 seconds behind
decision making / free will?

So… if a car suddenly lunges out in front of you – and you SUDDENLY
decide to jump… did the DECISION to jump occur something like 6 seconds

Or is that confusing REFLEXES with VOLITION? That is, no-one who is ever
in the path of a speeding car and wants to live ever DECIDES to jump…
they just do!

Okay… what if a Suicide stood in front of a speeding car … and a split
second before impact the potential Suicide jumped aside and thus lived. Are
we to assume that the DECISION to “change their mind” and jump aside in
that last split second actually occurred 6 seconds earlier?

Okay… how about a Suicide who “decides” to jump off a building ledge.
The time it takes to hit the pavement below is 3.5 seconds. Now…
assuming they actually DO jump off… but then after 2 seconds of free
fall ‘decide’ to change their mind and really, really, really wish they
DIDN’T do the jump in the first place… Well… the decision to NOT jump
must have occurred 6 seconds before the body was called into action to move
them… in which case, they NEVER would have jumped in the first place!

Or are we to assume that once a Suicide has jumped, they never ever change
their mind before impact with the concrete?

MegaVirus92 says:

The first time I really felt the presence of myself when I was like 9 or
ten.i still remembered laying down on my bed, and thinking, “who am I? Wow
I really am alive.what is the purpose of my existence? I am thinking from
inside and I feel like I am trapped inside a body.and I am not sure whether
it’s the first time I feel myself, or maybe when I was little I already
felt it but didn’t bother.

Buddhini Samarasinghe says:

*The Secret You*

Where did consciousness come from? What makes you, you? These are simple
but profound questions that are so easy to ask, but so difficult to
explain. This BBC Horizon documentary, hosted by mathematician Professor
Marcus du Sautoy, explains how science sees and attempts to answer these
questions. If you have 58 minutes to spare, you should watch this (or
bookmark it for later!).

#sciencesunday curated by +Allison Sekuler and +Robby Bowles

Marie Osipova says:


Jonathan Langdale says:

*The Concept Neuron*

Skip to this part:

There are individual neurons that fire only when a person is shown an image
of a specific person. Seems related to microtubules and the idea that a
single neuron is far more complex than previously understood.


Ajay Tatachar says:

Some of the experiments are really cool, and their results are even cooler!
Here’s my question though – If, at the very beginning of your life, you
still aren’t conscious, then aren’t you just the same as a very complex
neural network? Tell me what you think in the comments.

Jim Wilbur says:

A nice exploratory documentary.

Juha Lindfors says:

Some cool stuff here — full episode from BBC — some simple decisions can
be scanned from the brain more than 5 seconds before it enters the
consciousness of the person who ‘makes’ the decision. Scientific
mind-reading :-0

believer12a says:

Have you ever seen this?

Navaf Jd says:

What is consciousness, 



Tom Shouf says:

What I’m into these days.

Peter Morris says:

Interesting. According to what’s seen here, your brain made the decision to
do whatever it is you’re going to do 6 seconds before you become aware of
taking that choice. Nice.

Lil Peck says:

*”This is taken to be definite evidence of self-awareness by some people. I
say, no, this is bodily awareness.”* — Julian Jaynes

*From the recent Julian Jaynes Society Newsletter:*

Recent Documentary on Consciousness and the Self
BBC Horizon – The Secret You
BBC Horizon – The Secret You

Worth watching, despite its flaws. Jaynes enthusiasts will note the places
where a reading of Jaynes would have clarified many of the issues
discussed, such as the confusion of sense perception and consciousness. As
this documentary demonstrates, Jaynes’s thinking from more than 35 years
ago is still ahead of much of the current thinking in consciousness studies

In one example, researchers are shown using self-recognition in a mirror as
an indicator of self-awareness in children. Yet Jaynes pointed out decades
ago that Skinner had trained pigeons to use a mirror to locate a spot that
had been painted on them. Notice in the documentary that Gordon Gallup
fails to mention this experiment.

Jaynes: “When pigeons or chimpanzees are taught to recognize their bodies
(note how much easier it would be to say ‘themselves’, and how erroneous!)
in mirrors, it has nothing to do with consciousness or self-awareness in
its human sense. When such a chimp, because of its mirror training, rubs
off a spot on its head it has seen in the mirror, it may be no different
essentially from rubbing off a spot on its arm without a mirror.” … “This
is taken to be definite evidence of self-awareness by some people. I say,
no, this is bodily awareness.”

See Chapter 10 of The Julian Jaynes Collection (“In a Manner of Speaking:
Commentary on Consciousness and Cognition in Non-Human Species”) for more
of Jaynes’s comments on Gallup’s experiment and the topic of consciousness
in animals in general.

See also: “‘Self-awareness’ in the Pigeon,” Epstein, Lanza & Skinner,
Science, 1981.
A replication of the pigeon experiment is posted here: “Self-awareness” in
the pigeon: A replication

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Shawn Baden says:

Great show with some interesting perspectives…

The one premise of this show I have a problem with though is the idea that
memories and emotions are located and stored in the brain. There are many
scientists who question this and many more who will tell you they just
don’t know. I also question the statement or idea that when we die our
conscience dies as well. I’m not speaking from a religious perspective but
simply questioning conscience as it relates to energy.

What if consciousness isn’t part of the brain at all? Have you ever had a
moment when you were aware of your thoughts, your brain thinking? What
about when we ask our “mind” to recall an old memory – Who’s doing the
asking? Is the awareness what you might consider your consciousness, your
soul? What if the brain is simply a filter for reality translating what our
senses collect and throw at it?

Gabriela Anghel says:

Consciousness and experiments regarding consciousness as self awareness,
during sleep-awake state, out of the body experience, free will or not so
free… etc. It reminds me of Ego Tunnel (or Being No one) by Thomas

Russell Lutchman says:

Popular science on the brain comes to TV. I’ll be told that I’m arrogant
because I say that I studied most of this over 10 years ago – even if that
is a fact i.e. I shouldn’t say so. Point? Loads of information is now
meeting the eyes of ordinary people – as if it’s new. And? This effect is
to give ‘hope’ of a new age ahead. But nearly all that hits the ‘new media’
is stuff that’s been there for quite some time.

Ernest Weke Maina says:

Who am I ?
The scientific side of the quest!

NFO says:

*How do we know who we are? While the thoughts that make us feel as though
we know ourselves are easy to experience, they are notoriously difficult to

sreejith s says:

The secret of self and consciousness

Ali Rirash says:

Must see documentary, inside our mind!

Aqueel Q says:

Who am I… who are you?

Nikola Danaylov says:

a fantastic documentary about consciousness: BBC Horizon – The Secret You

Sub Szabolcs Feczak says:

Probably the mystery of how self conciousness works needs to be answered
before we can create artificial intelligence in the human sense. However
self awareness is not prerequisite for a machine level intelligence. Either
way this experiment unveils some intriguing insights about self awareness.

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