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Jill Bolte Taylor’s Ted Talks Presentation

Garr Reynolds, a self-described design evangelist, has a very interesting blog called Presentation Zen. He also has written a book by the same name that I just started reading. Today I noticed his most frequent blog post: an 18 minute video of Jill Bolte Taylor’s presentation at TED Talks. It floored me. She describes her experience of surviving a stroke, with a Neuroanatomist viewpoint, and how the stroke really clarified for her “how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.” It’s totally worth the watch!!![kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]


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4 thoughts on “Jill Bolte Taylor’s Ted Talks Presentation

  1. I have always enjoyed TED presentations!

    Mary Stokes gave me your web address, she is my step mother! She thought I might be interested because I am trying to become an ITRT. I am starting my Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology at Virginia Tech this summer!


  2. 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!


  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. 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.


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