Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fourth Book

Stroke of Insight

Jill Bolte Taylor was a 37-year-old Harvard-trained and published brain scientist when a blood vessel exploded in her brain.  Through the eyes of a curious neuroanatomist, she watched her mind completely deteriorate whereby she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Because of her understanding of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and an amazing mother, Jill completely recovered her mind, brain and body.  In My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, Jill shares with us her recommendations for recovery and the insight she gained into the unique functions of the right and left halves of her brain.  Having lost the categorizing, organizing, describing, judging and critically analyzing skills of her left brain, along with its language centers and thus ego center, Jill’s consciousness shifted away from normal reality.  In the absence of her left brain’s neural circuitry, her consciousness shifted into present moment thinking whereby she experienced herself “at one with the universe.” 

Good book to read. She does not talk about a 'Left tongue'.

I do not feel one with the universe so I am not sure that I am on the same page as Dr Jill. I can be very judgmental and not very in the moment. I suspect the left tongue (right hemisphere) can be organized to talk and function the same way the right tongue (left hemisphere) can. I feel it is a matter how I learned to interact with others and that it is culturally advantageous to be right sided. 

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