Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Jill Bolte Taylor's Stroke of Insight

If you teach kindergarten long enough, you get interested in how the brain works. Well, I have.

I've just finished a book about the latest findings of neuroscience and I will to write about it in a future post. But I don't have the time now, with report cards due out on Friday.

Between now and then, I hope you can find about 20 minutes to watch this video of a talk by Jill Bolte Taylor.

She is a scientist who studies the brain. She had a major stroke affecting the left side of her brain. She describes her experience with remarkable clarity, courage, and humor. She has a interesting props for her talk, too, including about 3 minutes into the video, a real human brain which she holds in her hands.



Anonymous said...

I’ve been recommending “My Stroke of Insight” to everyone I know. It’s the best book I’ve read all year! You can get Jill's book from Amazon for a good discount.
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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.

Dan Gurney, Mr. Kindergarten said...

I haven't read the book, only watched the TED video. It's on my summer reading list. I can't wait to have more time to read the books that have been queing up on my summer reading list.

Anonymous said...

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.