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A talk show featuring prominent scientists and philosophers discussing the brain and mind.
A talk show featuring prominent scientists and philosophers discussing the brain and mind.
174 backers pledged $27,135 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch goal #1: Bring our Kickstarter to $45,000 and Dr. Jean-François Gariépy will Dance for Science after a 4-hour course with Boris Penton, one of the leading Dubstep dancers in the US.

The stretch goal will allow us to buy a professional camera, buy a livecast software that will allow us to switch between guests like you would see in a professional TV show, and hire an intern to manage the technical aspects of the show.

OUR MISSION

NEURO.tv is a talk show featuring leading scientists and philosophers sharing their ideas and discoveries with the general public. We believe that the fascinating discussions and debates about the brain and the mind, those that scientists and philosophers engage in, should be available online, free to download for everyone. NEURO.tv is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to public education. It is presided by Dr. Jean-François Gariépy, researcher at Duke University. This Kickstarter will be funding the NEURO.tv Season 1 project (see one of our pilot episodes).

"NEURO.tv is a heroic effort to communicate complex science to non-scientists in a way that is accurate as well as interesting and understandable." - May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser, Professors and Directors, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and Centre for the Biology of Memory, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

"One of the reasons I'm excited about NEURO.tv is the same reason that I was excited about doing my own podcast. You miss out on a lot of the interesting conversations that happen. [...] It might be interesting for people to just hear what it's like when two people talk about these issues." - David A. Pizarro, Associate Professor, Cornell University. 

"Best of luck with this worthwhile project." - Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor, Harvard University.

WHAT WE DO

"It's amazing that you can capitalize on existing technology to bring people together to create a new forum for talking about and learning about the brain." - Michael L. Platt, Professor and Director, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.  

We film online discussions between leading scientists - the first series of its kind to be both casual and academic, yet public and accessible. These discussions are accompanied by post-production graphics, with the goal of creating a highly appealing and accessible talk show about the brain and mind. Each episode of these discussions is available free on the Internet and published on a monthly basis. All episodes are hosted by a team of qualified scientists.  

"The result is something that is, really, a new synthesis." - Nicholas C. Spitzer, Distinguished Professor, University of California, San Diego.  

"I think that this is a fantastic idea at just the right time." - Matthew Rushworth, Research Fellow, University of Oxford.

(Left) Sebastian Seung, Professor of Computational Neuroscience, MIT; (Right) Claire O'Connell, MITx Fellow & Education Director of EyeWire.

WHERE IS MY MONEY GOING?

We need YOUR help to transform NEURO.tv into the best science show on the Internet. The show will continue to consist of a scientific panel engaging in discussions with leading neuroscientists, but we will also supplement it with video popups explaining basic concepts in neuroscience as they are introduced in the discussion. Furthermore, Diana will join us as a new host for the entire Season 1 and will be improving the quality of the show. Many more panelists will be invited too. The season will start in January 2014 and will include 14 new episodes. Consider the current episodes as pilots.

$80,000 is the actual cost of the show we want to produce for Season 1. $25,000 covers the basic needs: 

$1,600 - Software for production, such as Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. This allows us to produce high-quality videos, in order to make the show flow better.

$3,400 - Quality microphones and webcams to allow for professional sound and video quality during each NEURO.tv episode. Those will be sent to NEURO.tv's most regular guests and panelists, to facilitate interactions that will be of studio quality.

$2,500 - To send earphone and microphone headsets to each NEURO.tv guest, in order to improve the sound quality of each episode.

$12,000 - Creating this awesome show is a full-time job. This covers the very minimal cost for hiring a professional production assistant. This year's production assistant and host will be rockstar neuroscientist Diana L. Xie who works on how oxytocin modifies social interactions. This amount will cover the production of 14 brand-new, hour-long episodes in 2014, with essential components such as pop-ups and cutscenes that will explain basic concepts in neuroscience for those who have little or no background in biology. 

$2,500 - Expensive website hosting costs and video streaming, so that anyone who visits our website can find our episodes and learn more about this innovative science initiative (and hopefully become a convert to the joys of science!). This also allows us to deliver NEURO.tv on many different platforms, including iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

$3,000 - Production of NEURO.tv stickers, t-shirts, espresso cups, and shipping.

The regular NEURO.tv t-shirts. Those ordered through the Kickstarter campaign will also include an exclusive "Founder" mention in a similar style to the design of the espresso cups. These will never be produced again.

The NEURO.tv "Founder" espresso cup. These will never be produced again.

UPDATE: We've been featured on Neuroexia,NeuroecologyVery Bad Wizards,Knowing Neurons, andNTNU!

Check us out on Facebook! http://facebook.com/neurotv

Risks and challenges

Production of NEURO.tv is a straightforward process, where we bring together scientists to chat about their ideas. The only risk that would impair the project as it is, is that one of us becomes physically or professionally incapable of continuing on the show. In the case of this extremely unlikely event, all funds will go to the non-profit NEURO.tv Inc and we will find a replacement host.

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    A French meal for you and up to 3 friends, prepared in-person by JF and Diana at a location of your choosing. JF masters fine cuisine equivalent to that of the best French restaurants. Must be located in North Carolina, or cover travel and accommodations. Contact jf@neuro.tv for schedule information. + ALL REWARDS below the $700-level

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    Embarrassing BLOOPERS! Using an advanced algorithm, we have evaluated that suffering the embarrassment will be worth $2500. This hour-long reel of footage includes tragic goofs and socially awkward laughs that will never be shown to the public. The only copy of these bloopers will be destroyed if there are no takers. + ALL REWARDS below the $700-level

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