Limitless : Episode 13

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What: Loser Bradley Cooper gets his hands on some AWESOME brain drugs, starts to get things done in a  really serious way. But, of course, there are consequences.
Directed by: Neil Burger
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Abbie Cornish

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Limitless (TV Series)
The movie, but not a movie! The first season is almost through as of this episode.
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Show Notes


How they produced the “zoom” sequences in the film. Color grading.

Brain Drugs

Drugs as tools. 20% brain myth. Christopher’s past caffeine issues. Drugs have side effects, like blacking out, maybe murdering folks.


How do we define intelligence? Social? Knowledge? Pattern recognition? Analysis? Synthesis? Crazy neuro physical adaptation.

Thought Experiments

Would you want the drug? How could this affect society? Going into politics?


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