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John Ostrander: Head Writer

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We all tell stories. All the time. To make sense of the stimuli created by our senses, the brain creates narrative. “Minds seeks patterns,” David Eagleman, a neuroscientist, says in his often troubling book, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. What makes it disturbing is that Eagleman is not a philosopher or a psychologist; he’s a scientist working with what the brain actually does. Through tests, through imaging, neuroscientists like Eagleman can see what part of the brain lights up when certain stimuli comes in or certain tasks are performed. Consciousness, as he points out, actually plays a very small part in the brain’s overall functioning.

We make up the stories in order to make sense of the world around us. We crave stories to explain the apparent chaos we find ourselves in. When my late wife, Kimberly Yale, was dying from breast cancer, I could take
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Perception Exclusive: Eric McCormack Sheds "Light" on Daniel Pierce, Season 1 Finale

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Part one of the two-part Perception finale threw the show for a loop, revealing Pierce's breakdown before a surprising last minute twist. Will the doctor get the medical help he needs? Is there really more to the conspiracy?

To get fans excited for the second part, "Light," I spoke with Eric McCormack over the phone about the season-ender and what it's like playing a character quite unlike Will & Grace's Will Truman?

How does he handle all of the rapid fire dialogue, for example?

"Very carefully," the actor said. "With Will & Grace it was about the comedy. In this case, it's about making the science clear but also making it believable that this is a man that is the smartest guy in the room. That's what's the most fun. Especially with speeches like that, the really lengthy scientific ones, I just think 'Wow, for a half an hour, I get to
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John Ostrander: Narrative – Putting The Story Together

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Last week in this space I discussed some political incidents, namely Rep. Todd Akin’s comments about women and rape, Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) who talked about how heterosexual sex doesn’t result in AIDS, and how Texas Judge Tom Head talked about how Obama’s re-election could result in Civil War. I said, “Individually, they are incidents; link them together and they’re a narrative.” Let us examine that further.

Our lives are filled with narrative. Elements are selected, others are omitted, some are highlighted and some are downplayed. That’s how a story is put together; what’s important to the narrative we’re telling? Does that make it untrue?

No. Not all elements, not all facts, are pertinent to a given narrative. An honest narrative attempts to get at a truth; a dishonest narrative tries to obscure it.

We all create narrative. I was listening
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