Posted by: Ken Homer | March 23, 2008

A Stroke of Insight – Jill Bolte Taylor

In my friend Steve March’s blog this morning, he has embedded a video of the talk Jill Bolte Taylor gave last month at the Ted Talks. Jill is a neuro-anatomist who suffered a massive stroke in 1996 and has made a full – perhaps “fuller” would be more apt – recovery.

Hers is an amazing story, and this is an inspiring talk. Thanks Steve for alerting me to this.

Enjoy! 

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  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 from Amazon.

    Url: http://www.amazon.com/My-Stroke-Insight-Scientists-Personal/dp/0670020745/ref=pd_bbs_sr_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1210709205&sr=8-4

  2. As of 16 May – this book was not available on amazon.

  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.

  4. Thanks. The NYT piece is excellent!

  5. 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.

  6. One not to miss for sure. I hope you will check out my blog post on this.

    http://drtombibey.wordpress.com/2009/09/13/a-stroke-of-insight-dr-jill-bolte-taylor/


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