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From the moment of conception, every human embryo embarks on an incredible nine month journeyof development. Now, cutting-
edge technology makes it possible for National Geographic’s
In theWomb
to open a window into the hidden world of the fetus and explore each trimester in amazing newdetail. Revolutionary imagery sheds light on the delicate, dark world of a fetus as never before.This movie is actually a combination of 4-dimensional real-time sonograms and re-
created “animation”
of a fetu
s developing. I don’t mean cartoon animation, but just a re
-creation of a baby in an actualwomb. With both, the fetus is actually moving around and shown exactly as it develops, moves, etc. Iwould say there is about 5 whole minutes of 4D sonogram footage and the rest is re-creation footage(which is very detailed and much more appealing to watch).We are currently studying biology and life science so this movie was very appropriate and fit in wellwith our biology books and materials. A new tidbit that I had yet to read or hear was that sperm couldsmell the egg, which helps them to find it. We giggled over that part, which was entirely new to us.
There is only about 5 minutes devoted to actual childbirth and only one quick view of the baby’s head
and shoulders being born.
REACTIONSThe most amazing documentry i've ever watch and seen.Each and every human being can understand pregnancy bywatching this.Thank you NAT GEO.This documentary was extraordinary. This gives you an understanding of how your life starts and the amazingprocess you go through. I really enjoyed this. Most definitely gave me a better appreciation of human life.
I agree with everyone, this was amazing! A journey that each and every one of us has taken and yetno-one remembers. There are lots of nice facts about the development of babies, like the babies sexis completely dependant on the man! and the woman gets her quota of eggs that will later producebabies while she is still in the womb. wow. and much more.Another complementary doc to this this is 'discovering phsycology' also available on TDF: new born
babies episode. Which says that the more tactile you are with your kids the better their brain d
this movie was amazing. i am currently pregnant and i was curious what a fetus must go though to develop. i was inawe. not only did i get to see what my baby has gone through or yet still has to go through, i have seen andunderstood the complication of what i had to go through when i was a newborn because i was born with a diagramhernia. this movie gave me a better appreciation on human life.
evelopment will be.
I have watched many YT videos on pregnancy and partum, but this one is an elaborate one and I enjoyed it from theword go. The voice over doesnt allow boredom to come in between. All appreciation to the National Geographicthat has made this wonderful endeavor!this is the most awosome documantry i have ever seen it not only show how tthe baby is born but it shows how itstrugle the way to this stupid world.and also show what women goes to and feel in this entire time it's truly a work of artWhat is it? Our nervous system is the control center for our body. It is about senses and action.Oursdetectchanges in our environment and send messages to the brain to tell the body how to respond. Sensoryneurons (nerve cells) carry information to our brain and motor neurons carry messages away from our brainand toour muscles.
This communication between our brain and body is happening constantly. We are able to sense what ishappening in our surroundings and do something in reaction to it. For example, if we see a skateboardercoming towards us, our brain can figure that the skater might hit us, and our brain will tell our muscles to jumpout of the way. Our senses acted.Our brain and the neurons in our body are part of our nervous system. Neurons extend from our brain likebranches of a tree. Fingertips are like the outermost twigs.
The Human Brain Human behavior comes from the human brain. This text seeks further definition of man, that portion of manwhich resides in his brain. It uses prior information found in separate texts on genetics, evolution anddevelopmental history, to further understand the current physical structure of the human neural system. Theoverall goal of this text, along with others in the series, is to provide a basis in fact of the nature of man foruse in developing those social studies (education, psychology, sociology, etc.) so necessary for the formationand maintenance of culture. The basis now used for these study areas is erroneous and the development of these social studies is now pure conjecture and imagination. This following study of the brain is confined tothose features of the brain which determine or contribute to human behavior.
Summary of Findings 
During the development of the human neural system, there were six eras of improvement in function:
1. The direct reaction to a sensor signal. This earliest development of a neural system was a simple but fastfunctional response to the stimulation of a sensor. A given sensor signal resulted in a given fixed action. Apure example of this early neural process is still observable in some single-cell animals using photo-synthesis which will sense the direction of light and swim toward it. Man has many of these reactive neuralelements, from the blink of an eye (a physical movement), to apprehension of the dark (a decisioncoloration).
2. The instinctive response to an inherited pattern which is associated with danger or food. A sensorobserves the environment and compares the received sensor pattern with an inherited pattern. A currentexample exists in some nesting birds. Wave a cutout in the shape of a hawk over the nest and the chick willcringe. Wave a cutout corresponding to the parent's outline and it will make a noise and open its mouth forfood. Although superseded (and largely diminished or perverted by mutations as a result of disuse), manystill occur in man in the form of anxieties: sleeplessness during full moon comes from an inherited fear of danger from predators on such nights. Fear of height refers to the arboreal phase of man's ancestry.
Claustrophobia (once an aid to survival) developed when confined in dark caves along with possiblepredators. Racial bigotry came from millions of years of militant tribal relationships, where any differencein personal appearance signaled danger.
3. The development of sensory memory and comparison. The fixed danger or need pattern was largelyreplaced in the higher animals by sensor memory and comparison. Remembered sensor experiences, allproperly graded with descriptions of associated fear, hunger or lust, are constantly compared with thesensor's current view of the environment. Highly developed in man, it is more limited in the other higherspecies. This memory is not limited to experiences within the environment. It is here that the animal maybe trained. This entire process is instinctive (programmed in neural circuitry). We refer to it as 'intuition'and it is highly successful in the day to day living experience. It is the most used thought process in man byfar, most humans rarely use any other process. We learn to drive a car, prepare our food, speak a language,and follow the customs of our culture, using this intuitive process. This is an instinctive (intuitive, fixedprocess, neural signal reconciliation and conflict resolution, state function) process, not an intelligent one.It is so refined in man that it appears to him to be intelligent. It is not.
4. The ability to imagine, to mentally construct sensor patterns, remember them, and then use them as if they were real in the value summation neural circuits, provides a creativity element in the instinctive valuesummation process. Observable in the other higher animals, it is most prevalent in predators under greatfood stress. They will develop intricate hunting scenarios. If unsuccessful, they will as quickly develop newones.
5. Conscious thought, an awareness of identity, a feeling of personal management, is a relative newcomer,and probably (not at all certain) is more developed in man than in the other higher animals. It grew from theability to imagine, to create experiences in the sensor memories. First, imagine a scene. Now, imagine thatyou are in charge, that you understand. That you need to do something with it. Now imagine the solution.The power this factor added to the intuitive process is incredible. Man, at least he thinks so, now had thepower to stand back and look at himself and the cosmos. Man now had the power to become objective. Notthat he ever wanted to, mind you, but it was now possible.
6. Then, quite recently, modern man discovered intelligent thought, a rigid methodology and a mostlypainful process. Totally unsung, it came from the artisans (not the philosophers), while seeking repeatablemethods to build dependable products. It required the learning and application of provable knowledge and arejection of that which could not be proven. The engineer was born, vilified by the intellectual from thebeginning. The intelligent thought process is not entertaining, like art, music, sports, literature andphilosophy, and it isn't easy or fun. It requires a measurable and provable basis, thereby utterly destroying alot of beautiful and imaginative thought. It requires a careful single logical step at a time, a seeminglyterrible waste of a soaring and creative mind. It requires physical verification at every logic step, a terriblyboring and rote procedure. And it takes a terrible amount of knowledge preparation. But it produces realand measurable results. And if something is really important, such as developing safe air flight, it is alwaysused, indeed it is demanded. The education of our children, long an intellectual toy, must someday join thelist of 'important' things that deserve the same treatment.
The uncontrolled application of imaginationand conjecture to an intangible basis, such as now exists in our modern social studies, is the directinverse of intelligence and can only breed mischief.
All of these neural processes are interwoven in the human mind in various portions. They are usedsimultaneously, and the divisions between them are invisible to us. We never really know which elementprevailed in our decision. If we are in our day-to-day mode, we operate entirely intuitively (instinctively). If we want to lean back and look at things, we are in our 'awareness' (subjective) mode. It is only when we setour conscious minds to it, and rigidly adhere to the process, that we are 'intelligent'. Being 'intelligent' is notan 'easy' process, nor is it fun. It requires effort to learn and rigid self-control to use. But, it is productive. 
Man is not, by nature (without special training), a logical (reasoning, intelligent) creature. He is,instead, totally reactive (instinctive, intuitive). His behavior is determined entirely by the interaction (conflictresolution, competition, cooperation, coordination) between his various instincts (genetically determined neuralmechanisms provided by evolution for behavioral guidance). There is no mechanism for intelligence or memorywhich is separate from sensory, motor and instinct mechanisms. Man may be trained (his behavior may becontrolled by edict). He may be educated (he may be taught knowledge for use as raw material in his decisionmaking). The untrained and uneducated human is totally instinctive and not capable of objective reasoning or propercultural behavior under modern social environments. The self-disciplined and educated (if educated in real

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