Monday, August 14, 2017

Hard

"Everyone has vulnerabilities. You have, too."
"Okay."
"You can be very hard. And what I don't like is that you think it's strength. It's not."

- Top of the Lake - 1x01

Friday, April 3, 2015

Destroy

"I think I'm falling in love with Owen Hunt. And I'm really afraid it's going to destroy me."
"Wouldn't be love if it didn't."

- Grey's Anatomy - 11x18 - When I Grow Up

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Fanatic

That's how I know he can be beaten. Because he's a fanatic. And a fanatic is always concealing some doubt.

- George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Monday, May 5, 2014

Losses

It's the losses that keep you up at night.

- Henry Reagan in Blue Bloods - 4x11 - Little Fish

Decisions

It's a funny thing about decisions. You don't seem to need to have to talk yourself into the right ones.

- Frank Reagan in Blue Bloods - 1x10 - After Hours

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Simulation

Let's talk about love. How does love rewire the brain? When we meet somebody new and exciting, they invade our synapses like a virus, triggering neurochemicals that feed into attraction, arousal, even obsession. We get distracted. We think about that special someone all the time, even in the middle of a brilliantly stimulating lecture. But we're not just thinking about them. We're building an internal model, a simulation that helps us predict what they'll think or how they'll feel. Of course, relationships get into trouble when simulation meets reality, which begs the question: Do we ever really fall in love with another person or just with our idea of who they are?

Why do we bother with relationships? Neuropsychiatrists say that we're hardwired to crave intimate connections. We long for love. Of course, the reality is, it usually ends in heartache, leaving our delicate psyches bruised, if not completely shattered. Why do we even bother playing those odds? I guess because we only have to get it right once. And when it's right, we know it. Even the memory of a fulfilling relationship can sustain us, and remind us that although we may be feeling down at this particular moment, we're never truly alone.

- Dr. Daniel Pierce in Perception - 2x02 - Alienation

Normal

What is normal? If you feel sad, do you just have a case of the blues, or are you suffering from a neurochemical imbalance? The vast majority of the case studies we've been looking at involve patients whose brains are anything but normal, and there's no question they suffer. But...is it all bad? For some, their neurological states might actually protect them from painful truths that no one would want to think about. Others develop a cheerful disposition that may help them cope with situations the rest of us would find disturbing. And if we are to establish a baseline, then we also have to ask ourselves how the brains of even so called "normal" people respond to certain stimuli. And if we're able to treat those people living with neurological disorders, restore them to "normalcy," well of course we're helping them. But might we sometimes also be stripping away what makes them unique? Robbing them of an essential part of who they are?

- Dr. Daniel Pierce in Perception - 1x01 - Pilot