I just got through watching this video from the TED conference in Monterrey, California, February 28. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuro-anatomist, recently gave an chat about her life-altering experience of a brain stroke. This emotionally charged story is going to spread like wildfire because it captures a vital life story and marries it to both science and spiritual insight. I’m still reeling from my first viewing so just don’t mind me and set aside 18 minutes to be astounded.
< TED stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design” and it’s a long-running annual conference featuring brilliant people — “Inspired talks by the world’s greatest thinkers and doers.” They have a theme on How the Mind Works. I watched Vilayanur Ramachandran, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego, explore how brain damage can reveal the connection between the internal structures of the brain and the corresponding functions of the mind. You can also explore the other themes, 20-minute jewels, which are equally fascinating.