Pre-thinking

This is perhaps one of the most widely watched Ted Talks in history with currently over 20 million views. Taylor became interested in brain science in an attempt to understand the thoughts and behavior of her schizophrenic brother. Little did she realize that she would experience her own brain disorder up close and personal. This talk was given at a TED event in 2008, 9 years after her stroke of insight.

Why you should listen

Her own words paint a beautiful picture, “I was immediately captivated by the magnificence of the energy around me. And because I could no longer identify the boundaries of my body, I felt enormous and expansive. I felt at one with all the energy that was, and it was beautiful there”. This is why so many people have been drawn to her extraordinary story.

Who is she

She is a PhD brain researcher who moved from the concrete understanding of brain and behavior to an experiential awareness of brain damage. She was not at all prepared for her experience! She talks about the new world that discovered. This is a world that she has shared with multitudes, and a world of discovery she invites you into.

Discussion Questions

  1. When the immediate and long term consequences of the stroke that she experienced on December 10, 1996.
  2. Describe the unique functions of various brain mechanisms.
  3. To what does she attribute what she described as being , “ immediately captivated by the magnificence of the energy around me.And because I could no longer identify the boundaries of my body,I felt enormous and expansive.I felt at one with all the energy that was,and it was beautiful there”.
  4. Do some research on Schizophrenia. Do the symptoms that she reported on the morning of her stroke resemble those symptoms?
  5. Although she gives a humorous presentation with a great deal of audience laughter, “a stroke is no laughing matter. Discuss.
  6. What does she mean when she says we can “step to the right of our left brain”?

 

 

 

My stroke of insight with Jill Bolte Taylor

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