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Monday, March 31, 2008

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story of recovery and awareness -- of how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

This 18 minute, 44 second video of Dr. Taylor's presentation will, as the saying goes, blow your mind. It was recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California and produced by "TED: Ideas worth spreading."

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. I don't know much about this organization, but it says this about itself:

"TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader."

"Today, TED is therefore best thought of as a global community. It's a community welcoming people from every discipline and culture who have just two things in common: they seek a deeper understanding of the world, and they hope to turn that understanding into a better future for us all."

Well, I must say, I found this a wonderful investment of 18 minutes and 44 seconds. Go, learn something about your brain, this remarkable woman, and the insights she has gained from this experience which, I think, will benefit our world, indeed, our planet. It's positively inspiring.

My deep gratitude for my dear friend, Marcia, who sent me to this site.

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