Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor TED Talk

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor says “we are the life force power of the universe.” More than 10 years ago Jill had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: On December 10 of 1996, she realized she was having a massive stroke. A blood vessel had exploded in the left half of her brain, and in the course of four hours she experienced her brain completely deteriorate in its ability to process all information.

Watch this stunning 18 minute video in which Jill Taylor shares her experience. The last few minutes are the most inspirational.

The video was recorded at a TED conference (Inspired talks by the world’s greatest thinkers and doers). TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

3 thoughts on “Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor TED Talk”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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