Jill Bolte Taylor: Who Are We? (video)

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Note: Nov. 9, 2008 replaced video

Jill Bolte Taylor: How it feels to have a stroke


http://www.ted.com 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 about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.


11 thoughts on “Jill Bolte Taylor: Who Are We? (video)

  1. Dear Dr. Jill,
    Thank You for your book… it gave me so much hope, and I will recommend it to everyone I know!
    Friday my father left us. I stayed with him at night and my sister in law did the day shift.
    The hospital passed him off too quickly to the rehab with a lung embolisim.
    I would like to donate my brain, as it was a holiday and I don’t know if my mom would have appoved for him. She has been though enough.
    Can you email me the forms, I am a donor already, but I want to make sure Harvard gets me!
    Being all heart and almost total right brain, it would be an honor to have my grand children to say that my brain went to Harvard!
    Judith Trevorrow

  2. Thank you for your inspiring book.
    My father had a stroke 2 weeks ago and it is a journey for all of us.
    I have a greater understanding of the process, thanks to listening to your book.

    Thank You for giving me hope.
    Judith Trevorrow

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!


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  7. Hi Rich, I also thought it was an incredible video. A definite “Wow!” presentation. Jill is amazing. She explained her experience so well to an audience of non-doctors.

    I need to check out more of these TED talks.

  8. Most of these TED talks are phenomenal, but even amongst the segments I’ve seen this one stands above the rest. What a wonderful way to merge the feeling of transcendence with scientific insight. Great post.

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