Paul Giamatti Talks Cyborgs and A.I. for New Nat Geo Show Breakthrough

Paul Giamatti Talks Cyborgs and A.I. for New Nat Geo Show Breakthrough
With the exception of the robotic suit that he donned to play Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Paul Giamatti didn't have a lot of experience with cyborgs or artificial intelligence.

But narrating an installment of Nat Geo's new series, Breakthrough, quickly caught him up to speed. Giamatti's episode focused on emerging cyborg and artificial technology: People caught up with him to see what – if any – threat level we should be escalating to.

I did an interview with you a few years back where we talked about your interest in science fiction. Was your involvement with this show an extension of that?
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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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Perception Patter: Eric McCormack on Playing the Gifted Professor With An Elusive Grip on Reality

The curse of brilliancy is the burden of the few and the gifted. It is a double-edged sword that can be used both to help and harm simultaneously. But in the world of Dr. Daniel Pierce, his genius is a remarkable gift that he shares with his students and those who seek his aid. When asked to assist a former student who now works with the FBI, he willing offers his services, but as everyone begins to learn, his grasp on his own personal reality is tenuous at best. In a recent press conference call, star Eric McCormack talked about what attracted him to the complex, volatile role and what he sees ahead in the world of Perception.

What drew you to the part? Was it immediately you read the script and went “I’ve got to do it” or how did it all happen for you?

Eric: Yes, it
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TNT begins production on Perception starring Eric McCormack and Rachael Leigh Cook

Production has begun on TNT's new series Perception. The show stars Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith and Kelly Rowan. The story "centers on on a neuropsychiatry professor (McCormack) who aids the FBI in solving complex cases." McCormack is also a producer on the series, which will be added to TNT's programming lineup in summer 2012. Keep reading for more details on the show.

Here is the official Press Release:

TNT began production this week on its intriguing new original series Perception, starring Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winnerEric McCormack (Will & Grace, Who Is Clark Rockefeller?). The series about an eccentric neuroscientist who helps solve complex criminal cases also stars Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That), Arjay Smith (The Day After Tomorrow) and Kelly Rowan (The O.C.). TNT has ordered 10 episodes of Perception, which will join the network’s lineup in summer 2012.

In Perception, McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce,
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