My Stroke of Insight (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/3/19
A unique insight into human consciousness and its possibilities ― The Times
the incredible story of the neuroscientist who rebuilt her own mind after suffering a severe stroke. ― New Scientist
Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. is a neuroanatomist affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. She is the national spokesperson for the mentally ill at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Brain Bank) and the consulting neuroanatomist for the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute.
Jill Bolte Taylor was named as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2008 and was part of Oprah Winfrey's Soul Series, where Oprah invites inspirational thinkers on to her show to talk about matters of the soul.
She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
I would be remiss, however, if I did not note how the last segment of the book seemed to drag on for much too long. Although I appreciate the importance of 'right' brain broad, non-specific thinking, the unsubstantiated talk of energies, visualisation and prayer left a sour taste in my mouth.
According to the author's own definition, I would consider myself a right-brain dominant person. I, however, do not believe that the spiritual 'oneness' with the universe needs to be rendered in a form so naïve as thanking one's cells for existing or refusing to deal with anxious people so that they don't 'steal one's energy'.
Physiology of the brain requires quite a few pages to properly describe. 'Energies', however, do not deserve the same volume of pages. Especially when such concepts, by nature, elude specificity and attempts to convey them result in droning, circular descriptions.
All in all, this was a wonderful book to read and I want to thank the author once again for such a phenomenal work. Despite my personal dislike of what I perceive as mystic pseudo-science, this remains an outstanding book.
I knew practically nothing about neurology when I began reading this book. Even so I believe even professionals could learn sooo much about how the brain works from it.
I also can't seem to learn from text books any more. This book was really good as though I learnt along the way it felt like a novel.
I'm also excited about how maybe some of the strategies in here could improve the mental health of everyone.