Comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic has made a 3D movie about the brain that stars himself and will premier at the Orange County Fare in California. I didn’t think I’d ever find myself writing that sentence, but life is strange like that.
According to the spiffy website, the 10 minute movie is intended to be both entertaining and educational, and from the clips on the website, it looks kinda loca. Click on ‘Adventures of Al’s Brain’ for a taste of the chaos.
It’s interesting how neuroscience has made its way so firmly into popular culture. While walking into the tube at London’s Euston station the other day, I noticed a huge advert for a new Mercedes sports car with the slogan “Warning: May increase serotonin levels” emblazoned across it.
Presumably they’re relying on the ‘antidepressant boosts serotonin’ angle without realising that SSRIs more reliably produce sexual dysfunction than happiness.
I like to think that a bit of their unconscious was shining through.