Thursday, March 13, 2008

This is your brain

I was thrashing about this morning with no clue about what to write. Long post(s) for the week? Done them. Internet humor? Ditto. Fridays Rock? Wait for it....

Oh dear, oh dear, what to say, what to say?

Then I saw this video. Instead of trying to sum it up, I'll kife the description straight from TED:

Stroke of insight: Jill Bolte Taylor on

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. (Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 18:44.)

Hearing Dr. Taylor's story told from both a left- and right-brain perspective; as an objective scientist and a deeply affected human being... wow. It moved me. It also pointed out to me (rather painfully) how very left-brained I can be, almost to a fault. Ouch! Yes, it's my safe place but that doesn't make it the right* place.

As a bonus, she's from Indiana**!

Not familiar with TED? Click here. Scads of TED talks on a mind-boggling list of topics await you.

* Sorry -- bad pun. I often make them without even knowing it. That's pretty sad.

** As if you couldn't tell from the non-accent....



  1. uh-huh...nary an accent. Oh wait, did she just say "...human bean..."?


  2. And, I should add, an incredible presentation which presents a strong case for meditation.



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