August 7, 2011 aired every Sunday
November 20, 2011
Curiosity asks and answers the most fundamental questions facing the world today. Each episode of Curiosity will focus on a single enduring question in science, technology, and society. As is always the case, one single question cascades into several more, making each episode of Curiosity a rich and textured experience. From the micro to the macro, we tackle provocative and insightful questions. Is there a Creator? Is it likely there's an alternate universe? Could you find out exactly how you are going to die and would you want to know? Are some people genetically prone to violence? Is time travel really possible? Why is it that we dream? What don't we know about gravity and does it hold the secret for exploring the universe?
Since time immemorial, human have ingested substances designed to give them superhuman energy, strange visions, otherworldly sensations. Sometimes, the reasons have been ritualistic, sometimes religious, sometimes simply recreational. What is their chemical makeup? How do they alter the body and the brain, and why are many of them so addictive - and often deadly? Robin Williams, who's experienced both the highs and the lows of substance abuse, takes us on a candid, shocking and sometimes sobering journey into the psychophysiology of psychotropic drugs.
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Robin will be studying what drugs do to our bodies.