Friday, April 6, 2012

TED talks : Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight

To start off our new Friday attempt (my new Friday attempt), here's a TED talk that shows up on a lot of people's top lists.

Jill Bolte Taylor has spent her life studying the brain and how it works. When she had a stroke in 1996, one of her first reactions was
The next thing my brain says to me is, ‘Wow! This is so cool! How many brain scientists have the opportunity to study their own brain from the inside out?’
 Her TED talk not only covers a lot of fascinating details about how our brains work, and how they connect and process internally - but it's also about the process of recovering from a stroke, and the experience itself. She's thoughtful, often funny, and deeply moving.

(She's also written a book, My Stroke of Insight, which is just as interesting, and which has space to go into more detail than her presentation here. We own a copy here at UMF.)

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