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 about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.
I do look forward to hearing Richard Saul Wurman speak at the closing keynote of the STC 55th conference in Philadelphia. Wurman’s idea back in 1984 made many lectures like “My Stroke of Luck” possible. This particular presentation is an excellent example of his aim to make a complex idea clear to a large audience.
Taylor’s talk is powerful and emotional and also full of humor. I burst out laughing when she described how she realized that her right side was paralyzed, and then in the next moment thought
Wow! This is so cool. This is so cool. How many brain scientists have the opportunity to study their own brain from the inside out?
It took her 8 years to come back from the edge, and now she is communicating her story to us.
This is, indeed, very powerful storytelling.