Quicklet on Jill Bolte Taylor's My Stroke of Insight by Stuart Robbins

Quicklet on Jill Bolte Taylor's My Stroke of Insight

byStuart Robbins

Kobo ebook | February 15, 2012

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At first glance, my new job seemed similar to many others in Silicon Valley: on the verge of a merger, executives far removed from their customers, and too many projects to be completed in too little time. Everyone worked late into the evening, and there was always a server down, an email problem, or an executive who a new implemented immediately.

I soon discovered that my teams supervisor was different. He wanted us to learn. Each week he suggested a new YouTube video or adult education class, and he talked about what he was reading. He already knew about the Singing Scientist, but he was not prepared for what he discovered in her book, My Stroke of Insight. Nor were we prepared for his enthusiasm in our staff meeting that Monday morning when he declared that her book had changed his life.


S. A. Robbins received his MFA in Writing (Warren Wilson College) in 1986, and has published numerous poems and stories, as well as many technical essays. His collection of short stories about Silicon Valley, The System is a Mirror, was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2007.


Dr. Taylors book, My Stroke of Insight, is her personal recounting of that life-changing morning, remarkable in its detail because, as a neuroscientist, she understood what was happening to her as it was happening. Beginning with a brief outline of her life before her massive stroke (and two short chapters on the basic functions of the brain so that the reader can appreciate the coming narrative), Taylor describes in poignant and unforgettable detail the morning of the stroke, the first critical days after surgery, and the complicated, very personal eight-year struggle to regain her abilities to talk, function normally in society, and remember her friends and identity.

The quintessential lessons in the book, however, revolve around her profound understanding of her damaged brain, its capacity for repair, and most importantly, her spiritual/mystical moments at the peak of her incapacity. Insight into those moments offers the reader a new perspective about how we think, who we are, and what we can be.

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Title:Quicklet on Jill Bolte Taylor's My Stroke of InsightFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:HyperinkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1614643598

ISBN - 13:9781614643593

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