Saturday, March 29, 2008

From Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor: The Most Electrifying Lecture You'll Ever Hear

I've heard a lot of lectures in my life but never one like this. This is neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor giving a talk on the functional differences between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. She's passionate about her subject as she actually suffered a massive intracranial hemorrhage that trashed her left brain. Dr. Taylor brilliantly describes the experience and sensations both as a stroke victim and as a scientist.

Not that I want to replicate her experience but man do I wish I could teach like her! Check it out and prepare to be riveted by the most amazing 20 minute talk you've ever heard.

It makes me never want to step up to a podium again.

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Blogger The Happy Hospitalist said...

Wow. That's all I can say.

March 30, 2008 2:46 PM  
Blogger Toni Brayer, MD said...

Double wow. Thanks for sharing this amazing video, Calif Med Man.

March 31, 2008 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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!


May 16, 2008 12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Name: Bell

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.

May 28, 2008 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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 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.

May 29, 2008 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MY STROKE OF INSIGHT was ranked #5 in all books sold on Amazon today and #1 in Memoirs above even Barbara Walters' memoir. Babs had been promoting her book for months in advance and Dr. Taylor's book was self-published.

Then Oprah recommended it. There's the Power of Now, and then there's the Power of Oprah!!

"My Stroke of Insight" is out in Hardcover now for less than the old paperback edition. Amazon has it for 40% off.

June 02, 2008 1:51 AM  
Blogger Jennifer L Pitino said...

wow! so glad our bookclub is reading her book now....

November 15, 2009 2:15 AM  

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