Monday, May 26, 2008

"There was no way I would be able to squeeze the enormousness of this spirit into one tiny little body."



I've read about this woman before, Jill Bolte Taylor,a Harvard trained neuroanatomist, and her memories of the experience of having a stroke. The following article from The New York Times reminded me of her again today and from there was led to a video of her lecture. For anyone who works with brains or works inside a brain this is a fascinating travelogue of her experience. It's 18-20 minutes, so grab your favorite cuppa of caffeine. What follows is an entirely different perspective on what we tend to think of as our "mind," and as she calls it, "a stroke of insight."





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2 comments:

  1. I read "My Stroke of Insight" in one sitting - I couldn't put it down. I laughed. I cried. It was a fantastic book (I heard it's a NYTimes Bestseller and I can see why!), but I also think it will be the start of a new, transformative Movement! No one wants to have a stroke as Jill Bolte Taylor did, but her experience can teach us all how to live better lives. Her TED.com speech was one of the most incredibly moving, stimulating, wonderful videos I've ever seen. Her Oprah Soul Series interviews were fascinating. They should make a movie of her life so everyone sees it. This is the Real Deal and gives me hope for humanity.

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  2. Thanks for the comments. I'm going to have to look for the book--it sounds interesting, but I don't know what can top her lecture and the evident passion she has for this topic. I heard about another book coming out on the brain--Debunking Myths--by 2 neuroscientists. That interview was really interesting also. We really don't use only 10% of our brain--we use the whole kit and caboodle.

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Hey, thanks for your thoughts and your time:>)