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An Awesome Talk

Saturday, March 15th, 2008
jill taylor

A few weeks ago, I attended the TED conference in Monterey, California. (Here’s my writeup of the first couple of days, posted on newsweek.com.) During the first day, I had to go offsite to see a really interesting product demo nearby, so I tried to pick a time where I would miss only one of the 18-minute talks. I should have known that this is a foolish thing to do at TED, because often the best talks seem to come out of nowhere. In this case, the one I missed was from neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor. When I returned, it was clear that I’d made a big mistake. This talk was universally cited as an all-time TED highlight. People described it as a brain expert recounting the story of her own stroke, and the conflict between a scientist wanting to document a phenomenon and a human being who had to get help for a potentially fatal situation.

TED has now posted the video of the talk, and I can say it is much more than that, a moving and illuminating 18 minutes.

Dr. Taylor has a book about her experience.

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