‘Lucy’ Debunked

3:13 minutes

In the new sci-fi thriller Lucy, Scarlett Johansson amasses an astounding array of superpowers after a fictional drug allows her to tap into “100 percent of her brain.” Neurobiologist R. Douglas Fields explains what’s wrong with this (moving) picture.

Read Douglas Fields’ full Lucy review at World Science Festival and at his blog.


Segment Guests

R. Douglas Fields

R. Douglas Fields is a neurologist and author of The Other Brain (Simon & Schuster, 2011) in Bethesda, Maryland.

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About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is Science Friday’s SciArts producer. She’s visited Olympic ski jumps and a nuclear reactor, all in the name of science.