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My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
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Aug 24, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: skimmed, science
Read in October, 2008

Thought I'd be more engaged than I was in this book. The writing is pretty flat. Her blow-by-blow description of her thoughts and physical sensations mid-stroke were astonishing, though. How did she retain her memory of all the details? Eh, guess I shouldn't have skimmed.
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Martha A friend is going to loan me this, so I can't wait to read it. Have you seen the piece on Tedtv about's astounding...really!

Joyce What's TedTV?

Martha Actually,it's just Ted, I guess. Check out this link for the author's talk

Ted has fabulous videos of talks at conferences, symposiums, workshops.....great one recently about education.....very very enlightening....

Racquel I have to agree, Joyce. She's clearly not a writer and seemed to have a strong agenda - I'll say "evangelical" for lack of a better word - that I found off-putting. But, like you, I did find the retelling of her physical and mental states fascinating; particularly when she spoke of the period when she had no sense of the physical boundaries of her body and felt connected to all the other molecules in the universe; quite thought-provoking. I have to say, though, that even reading the book through didn't offer any further enlightenment regarding her astonishing memory!

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