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34x25x36

7 minutes

The pursuit of the perfect body is as old as time. But who defines perfection?

The Patina-V Mannequin Factory in the City of Industry, California, has created the perfect woman: she’s tall, slender, and made of plastic. In 34x25x36, the director Jesse Epstein takes us into a world where art, craftsmanship, and commerce meet, and where contemporary standards of beauty are simultaneously reflected and defined.

Director: Jesse Epstein

Producer: Trish Dalton, Jesse Epstein

ORIGINAL
Video/Cognition & Intelligence

For millennia, we’d never seen anything like film cuts. How do we process them so easily?

7 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Cognition & Intelligence

There’s a lot more to conversation than words. What really happens when we talk

6 minutes

Video/Mathematics

Going from A to B isn’t always a straight line – but it can be very good fun

2 minutes

Essay/Neuroscience

Where pain lives

Fixing chronic back pain is possible only when patients understand how much it is produced by the brain, not the spine

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

Idea/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

The history of brainwashing is a red flag for techno-therapy

David Saunders

Video/Childhood & Adolescence

What to make of a Riot Grrrl? A snapshot of feminism and high school in the 1990s

18 minutes

Essay/Human Evolution

Imagination is ancient

Our imaginative life today has access to the pre-linguistic, ancestral mind: rich in imagery, emotions and associations

Stephen T Asma

Idea/Love & Friendship

Keeping it in the family: why we pick the partners we do

Tamsin Saxton

Video/Cognition & Intelligence

Why can concave surfaces look convex when viewed from overhead (and vice versa)?

4 minutes