Perception

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    Prologue

    Airs 8/5/14

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    Inconceivable

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    Possession

    Aired 7/8/14

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Dr. Daniel Pierce

  • Rachael Leigh Cook

    FBI Agent Kate Moretti

  • Kelly Rowan

    Natalie Vincent/Dr. Caroline Newsome

  • Arjay Smith

    Max Lewicki

  • LeVar Burton

    Dean Paul Haley

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  • Dr. Daniel Pierce is a popular but eccentric and idiosyncratic professor with paranoid schizophrenia. He's a neuroscientist with an M.D. and a Ph.D. who possesses incredible insight into human behavior - especially strange human behavior. Dr. Pierce is sometimes recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. His FBI contact is former student Kate Moretti who had a crush on him when she was his student. Natalie Vincent who had a relationship with Daniel a long time ago has settled in as best friend. She helps by pointing out his faults and shortcomings and likes to give him a hard time. Dr. Pierce has a fun and interesting relationship with his teaching assistant Max Lewicki who serves in a wide range of capacities.moreless

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    • Karen: Professor Pierce. I was wondering if I could buy you a latte.
      Daniel: I don't drink coffee.
      Karen: Oh, it doesn't have to be coffee. I just wanted to pick your brain about my term paper topic.
      Daniel: (chuckles) Here's the thing, Miss...
      Karen: Karen.
      Daniel: Karen. Uh, discussing your term paper is obviously code for sex. And, and while we might both enjoy that very much, it could also get me fired. So, I'm afraid I have to regretfully and respectfully decline your offer.

    • Dr. Daniel Pierce: What is a conscience? Is it something we can locate on a MRI? Studies have shown that people with damage to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex are actually more willing to sacrifice a human life as long as they perceive it's for some greater good. But what about people who have no trouble sacrificing others to their own selfish ends? Is heartless cruelty our true nature? And empathy the aberration? My grandmother used to say "It's nice to be nice." and that may be true. Or, are we better off spending every waking moment tending our own selfish needs? The good news is, it turns out, there is evolutionary advantage to simple human kindness. We couldn't get through a cold Paleolithic winter without a little cooperation. Still, on some prehistoric level, we're all lone hunters. So it can feel dangerous to show any softness to other members of the tribe. But if we manage to lay down our clubs and our sharpened rocks, answering the call of an altruistic imperative can be its own reward.

    • Dr. Daniel Pierce: Is there something wrong with me? It's a question we all ask our selves. We all wonder why we don't look like, act like, feel like everybody else. Each of our brains has the exact same parts, cortex, hypothalamus, fornix, septal nucleus, so on. And yet, no two brains are exactly alike. So being different, being unique, is undeniably a fundamental characteristic of being human.

    • Daniel: Our ambitions and our dreams give us a glimpse of a beautiful someday. And it can help us get through sometimes a less than beautiful today. It's a tricky thing though, ambition. It can blind us to the price of success. It can consume us, leading to dangerous obsessions, or empty hedonism. But no matter how much we're fueled by this natural neurological impulse, aimbition isn't carved in stone. Dreams change and even if we don't get to climb mountains, there's still a chance that we can move them. In the words of those old English poets, "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you might find you get what you need."

    • Daniel: Sometimes the billions of neurons firing in our brains help us concoct elaborate scenarios. We imagine ourselves with a dream girl, or landing a dream job, an astronaut, rock star... Even the United States senator. But fantasies can turn dark. We start to believe that there’s a monster under the bed, or that evil forces are aligning themselves against us. All these fantasies, good and bad, stem from an evolutionary imperative. Our brains are exploring potential outcomes that might help us achieve our goals or avoid danger. But if we allow fantasy to overtake our thinking, we can miss the reality that’s right in front of us. And sometimes, reality’s not so bad.

    • Daniel: Is our personality genetically preprogrammed or is it malleable? The science of neuroplasticity suggest that our brain has the ability to change and grow throughout our life. In essence, our experiences rewire us. They can make us do or think things previously undo-able or unthinkable. They can provoke us into forming new thoughts and ideas, and they can teach us valuable lessons, making us less incline to repeat the mistakes of our past. The brain is in a constant state of flux, suggesting that nothing in life is permanent. And yet, as they say, "The more the things change, the more they stay the same".

    • Daniel: Freud once said, "No mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips. Betrayal oozes out of every pore." I think old Sigmund might've been on to something. Although we may be desperate to keep our secrets, the harder we try to bury them, the more they'll arise to the surface. We are neurologically compelled to confess. And that's a good thing, because confession is good for the body. It's good for the brain. Might even be good for the soul, if you believe in that sort of thing.

    • (speaking to his students) Dr. Pierce: There's nothin' worse than a liar. You don't feel that way, heh? But why? Why do we take such exception to somebody pulling the wool over our eyes? 'Cause it feels lousy. Literally. Disbelief gets processed by the limbic system's singular cortex and the anterior insulin. The same parts of the brain that report visceral sensations like pain and disgust. This not only explains why we hate liars but why we as human beings long for something to believe in. Whether it be Santa Claus or a scientific fact, like gravity our brains reward us emotionally when we believe. To believe is to feel good, feel comforted. But how can we trust our own belief systems when our brains are giving them emotional kickbacks? By balancing it all with critical thinking. By questioning everything and by always, always being open to the possibilities.

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    Notes (49)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 5, 2012 on Bravo
      United Kingdom: October 3, 2012 on Watch/Watch HD

    • The working title of the show was Proof but later on was changed to Perception.

    • Additional Credits:
      David Fremlin - First Assistant Art Director

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 12, 2012 on Bravo
      United Kingdom: October 10, 2012 on Watch/Watch HD

    • Special billing was given to Jonathan Scarfe (with) and LeVar Burton (and) for this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 19, 2012 on Bravo
      United Kingdom: October 17, 2012 on Watch/Watch HD

    • Special billing was given to Jonathan Scarfe (and) for this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 26, 2012 on Bravo
      United Kingdom: October 24, 2012 on Watch/Watch HD

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    Trivia (2)

    • Goof: In the hospital, when Agent Moretti is questioning Nicky she refers to Detective Gerald Rix as Dennis Rix.

    • Goof: When Daniel tells Kate and Donnie that AUSA Linda Mullane, who collapsed and died in the courtroom from a gunshot wound, suffered from the condition known as congenital analgesia, he calls her Laura instead of Linda.

  • Fan Reviews (39)
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    By juliamr09, Jul 02, 2014

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    By vickiee2, Jun 26, 2014

  • Has this show changed format?

    By mllatham82, Mar 13, 2014

  • Sorry I'm done

    By Cantankerous, Mar 12, 2014

  • Exceeds my expectations

    By zinodvd, Mar 06, 2014

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