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Old 03-21-2008, 05:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Brain scientist documents own stroke

This is a lecture by a really amazing woman with an interesting and unique perspective of right/left brain functions.

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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.
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229

if anyone can embed this for me, I'd appreciate it!
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Old 03-21-2008, 07:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I know some stroke victims that would probably dispute her....
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Old 03-22-2008, 12:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I know some stroke victims that would probably dispute her....
Claim she is a fraud? Her stroke really did not instill the insights and feelings she had?
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My thinking was that the location of the clot had a lot to do with the way in which she experienced the stroke. Left side of the brain, language center. Also, she is a neuroanatomist, that makes her experience quite unique: she could observe her own brain from the inside as it was malfunctioning. (to roughly quote her own words).
My feeling was that this is so amazing! We all spend so much of our lives living in our left brain, but we have two halves!! The right brain is linked to our feelings of being connected, being in the moment (as evidenced by her drifting into "La-la Land" while trying to dial the phone) and that is what all the sages throughout the ages have been telling us: To live in the moment.
Now, I'm not saying that we can live in that hemisphere all bloody day. Who'd get any work done?? I think that we can find a balance between being individuals and being Allone.
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:44 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the link, she is an enthusiastic speaker. I can relate to some of her observations from personal experience. I look forward to reading her book "A Stroke of Insight".
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Old 03-22-2008, 07:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Claim she is a fraud? Her stroke really did not instill the insights and feelings she had?
Huh?
No....sheesh, come to conclusions much?
They were in pain, they were depressed, still are. No Euphoria, no revelations.
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Old 03-22-2008, 08:33 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Stiff upper lip and all that ... very British.
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Old 03-22-2008, 01:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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...come to conclusions much?
Yes, I do. I have a bad habit of anticipating the worst possible answer or response from someone.
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Old 03-22-2008, 08:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Well I found her speech to be very inspirational in a spiritual sense. The human brain used as a visual aid was wicked cool, and if her primary intent is to enlighten people about possible experiences encountered during a stroke, consider me enlightened. Kudos for surviving and recovering as well as she did.
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