Sunday, July 12, 2009

a brilliant stroke of inspiration

I love youtube. Greatest source of asinine entertainment. Like ever. But sometimes, less frequently than I would care to admit, I stumble across something truly inspirational. That very rare moment just occurred and I feel like sharing.
Ok so there's this nonprofit called TED whose main purpose for being is to share ideas worth spreading. So they hold talks with biologists, physicists, philosophers, entertainers, educators...etc. And they give these 20 min talks about really awesome things.
Ok back to my moment of inspiration. So last year they had on a neuroanatomist, Jill Bolte Taylor. Prior to this I didn't even know neuroanatomists existed, well they do. Shocker. Anways back to Jill, she's this premier neuroanatomist and 12 yr ago she had a stroke. And it's a rare, I guess treat, for someone whose studied the brain for their entire life to be able to experience a stroke from the inside. (Her words, sort of, not mine). So she goes into describing how the hemmorage in her brain cut off her left hemisphere- so she was completely right brained, except for few moments of clarity that would come. And she described this incredible nirvan-ic experience where she felt divine love..literally I mean she felt this connection with all there is. And just...I don't know I guess i'll leave it for you to judge. But this truly inspired me and for some reason brought me to tears.. enjoy :)



and if you would like to find out more about TED's awesomeness and check out their awesome talks: http://www.ted.com/

9 comments:

*mary* said...

I LOVE these TED videos. You should watch the one on how school kills creativity. Good one.

Constructive Attitude said...

Wow I think its remarkable that she found that out about herself. Thanks for sharing :)

Artistic Logic said...

wow CA said the exact words i was going to say


and what a great perspective on the whole experience....

Abstaining Irene said...

wow...that was incredibly powerful. I wanna just give her a great big hug. I'll have to check out more of these TED videos. Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl said...

I can tell that I'm the only who can't watch Youtube videos. Friggn censorship.

David Kames said...

I've heard of her!
She was on a BBC World Service program a little while ago that I heard on repeat in the middle of the night :-)

Her description of how the right hemisphere thinks reminds me of Bill Hicks' talking about taking psycho-active mushrooms...

David Kames said...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/documentaries/2009/05/090526_myworld_stroke.shtml

This is the link to the documentary she made for the World Service - she talks about how she recovered from he stroke, and how it affected her work later on...

provoking invoking said...

wow David! bill hicks IMMEDIATELY came to my mind when i watched it.. i love that guy. (though i don't recall the magic mushrooms). not to undermine her experience by comparing it to comedy stand-up about an acid trip though.. but that is pretty much what it sounds like.

"Wouldn't you like to see a positive LSD story on the news? To hear what it's all about, perhaps? Wouldn't that be interesting? Just for once?
'Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration – that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There's no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we're the imagination of ourselves. Here's Tom with the weather.' "
-bill hicks

classic. hooray for drugs and strokes, i guess. (i recommend watching that entire standup for the context.. so funny)

Chuckle said...

You got me addicted to these videos. I miss having a TV.