Stroke of insight: Jill Bolte Taylor

Dr. Jill TaylorTED is an annual conference in California where people come to share their ideas. The following TED Talk touched my heart and gave me additional insight into who I really am: that is, my mind, body, and spirit. TED provides the video for free download, along the transcript in English, with German and Portuguese translations.

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 of recovery and awareness — of how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another. (Source:

Watch this TED Talk

(Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 18:44.)

P.S. Dr. Taylor fully recovered after eight years.