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March 16, 2008

Jill Taylor - TED video

neuroscientist Jill Taylor describes her stroke from the perspective of...a neuroscientist. quite fascinating and moving, although it sounds a lot like an acid trip...click below ::

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That was beautiful.

Scientific proof of what Alan Watts was writing in the sixties,
only now, articulated into right and left hemispheres.

I suggest "the Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are"

One might deduce that acid inhibits the function of the left hemisphere, eh?

Posted by: Zea at March 16, 2008 3:23 PM

Loved the part where she comes up with the human brain, made me laugh.

Always enjoy TED-talks, usually nice and inspiring :)

Posted by: Guido at March 16, 2008 3:31 PM

That's pretty powerful. I wish there was a way to go to TED under like a scholarship if you're a student.

Posted by: pillows de radio at March 16, 2008 3:55 PM

twenty first century Zen! amazing insight into the biological nature of enlightenment. also, duckies.

Posted by: shield333 at March 16, 2008 4:13 PM

That was a great video. Really really interesting perspective.

Posted by: Jonathan Fish at March 16, 2008 9:45 PM

Wow, that was definitely the best TED clip I've seen. This just blows my mind (hur hur hur.)

Posted by: Noozle at March 16, 2008 11:05 PM

wow man. That is something to think about

Posted by: kroopson at March 17, 2008 9:16 AM

I was in tears by the end of this. She was so deeply moved by her experience and in the telling of it she was so deeply moving. "Which do we choose?" - indeed.

Posted by: Robbo at March 17, 2008 9:54 AM

Having dealt to some degree with people who've been incapacitated by strokes, I thought this was a wonderful account. It also reminded me of how much I love Oliver Sack's books on neurological disorders.

However, as far as TED talks go, I'm still partial to this one:

Posted by: A-sen at March 17, 2008 12:16 PM

She left me speechless. My heart goes out to all who suffer from brain disease. Thanks for pointing this video out.

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Posted by: DANA at March 19, 2008 12:11 PM

wow...truly painful...milking the teat of human sympathy by gestures and hyperbole...some mention of the painful truth of those truly struck down and wholly affected by such awful CVA's would have been so much more 'right brained'...

Posted by: hunter at March 21, 2008 9:41 AM

I cried.
in a good way.
thank you for posting this.

Posted by: Em at March 21, 2008 5:49 PM

Thank you for posting this. And thanks to Jill Taylor for choosing to tell her story.This is a call from the scientific perspective to the human spiece to wake up and see what we truly are. Meditation , psychodelic drugs and or a real, serious and intelligent spiritual path can take you also. It is always your choice. 21st century for humans is the walking on a dilemma of choosing destruction or heaven. What do we choose? And the answer it is part in your mind.

Posted by: Daniel Ledesma at March 23, 2008 4:54 AM

watching that reminded me a lot of how i felt while watching "What the BLEEP Do We Know"

Posted by: mela at March 23, 2008 2:28 PM

Thank you Zea, I'll read that book, Watts seems to be interesting!

Wow! I love, when science meets spirit! Mela: Yes, just like the Bleep's showing us! :-)

Jill's story's so beautiful! Jill's beautiful!

Wish you light in your hearts :-)

Posted by: Caroline at April 4, 2008 3:55 PM

Very revealing insight. Similar to the system transitions that take place during moments of immense danger and stress that most of us do not seem to recall once the events are past. A practical guide to the spirit within all of us. Strikingly and articulately expressed.

Posted by: Shannon at April 4, 2008 9:08 PM

I've been recommending a book by Jill Bolte Taylor called "My Stroke of Insight" to everyone I know. It's an amazing story, both uplifting and powerful on three levels: physical, emotional, and spiritual, but the spiritual aspect alone makes this the best book I've read all year.

How often do you get to hear a neuroscientist describe having a stroke, nearly dying and finding Nirvana, and then making a miraculous recovery so that she's back to teaching medical students!?!

I came away with a renewed sense of understanding, wonder and hopefulness about the capabilities of the human brain. I give "My Stroke of Insight" highest marks!

You can get the book for just $16.47 with free shipping from Amazon!

Posted by: Ellen at May 17, 2008 4:42 AM

The New York Times Sunday Newspaper on May 25 had a great two page article on Jill Bolte Taylor and her book, "MY STROKE OF INSIGHT". Her book is a must read and this NY Times article - called "A Superhighway to bliss" is worth checking out too.

Posted by: Susanne at May 29, 2008 8:02 AM

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.

Posted by: Jimi at May 30, 2008 9:18 AM

So moving! As a science teacher and one who has been involved in holistic healing, art and spiritual development for many years it was my belief that the right brain always delivered the "truth" without categorizing and judgement from the left brain.......my personal experience through meditation pointed to right brain experiences being as "pure" as one can get.............as close as one can get to what or whom we truly are and were meant to be (true selves). Even though I had a strong sense of "knowing", my left brain (ego) would somehow throw in the doubt. Your (Jill's) experience will lend credence to those who are "left brained" to consider the experiences of those "right brained" experiences as legitimate and worthy of a perspective from which all humans might direct their lives.

Posted by: susie at May 31, 2008 7:41 PM

So beautiful !! Thank you Ze for sharing Jill with us. I was deeply moved by this. I was so inspired by the TED video that I bought her book called MY STROKE OF INSIGHT to get more of her story. THe book is beautifully written and so profound and amazing. What a gift she is and her story is - how lucky for all of us that she is the unique person she is - the brain scientist, so articulate, such a wonderful personality and attitude, and so generous to come back and share all of this with us.

Posted by: Trina at June 26, 2008 12:50 AM

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