Thursday, October 02, 2008

How It Feels to Have a Stroke

What does it feel like to have a stroke? No one can tell the experience better than Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. A brain scientist by profession, one day she woke up with a pounding headache, and over a few hours she felt her mind deserting her slowly but inexorably. Immediately she knew she had a stroke. She tried to call for help, but she couldn't - she lost the ability to talk.

Nine years later, she stood forward and gave an inspiring lecture in the TED conference. It's tremendously insightful and touching at the same time. Towards the end I kind of felt that she's getting excessively emotional and pretentious - but probably that's only because I can't empathise what she's been through.

This is a video you don't want to miss. If you have 18 minutes to spare, you will not regret watching it.


Joanne said...

I love TED talks!
Have you watched the one by Phillipe Starck yet? It's awesome watch watch!

*We are mutants*

Anonymous said...

Someone gave me this awhile ago too. re: the final parts - it's not pretentiousness, more like she interpreted her experience through rose-tinted lenses (i.e. infused into it her pre-conceived ideas of the world). Which as humans we are wont to do. Yeah.


changyang1230 said...

Joanne: I tried to watch the few minutes but didn't continue. Was he the French guy with a very heavy accent?

Bluez: Haha, yeah, the personal reflections. Which I feel is a bit out of tune with what we were expecting, some sort of scientific account of stroke, I don't know.