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Stroke, LSD - Same Thing

I heard a fascinating interview on NPR today with a neurological researcher named Jill Bolte Taylor whose book My Stroke of Insight came out in paperback today. This video is from a talk Taylor gave a year ago about what she experienced while having a stroke.


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May. 16th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
I'm fascinated by this stuff. From what I've read LSD taps into a part of the brain in a way that it mimics various mental disorders. I don't doubt that a stroke can have an odd effect like that.

Funny, I was reading about neurons at work today.
May. 16th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
I'm now fascinated with more right-brain living and less left-brain living. Aside from hitting myself head on the left side with a baseball bat, I wonder how this can be "chosen."
May. 16th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
I don't think it can be "chosen" very easily without illicit substances or a hit to the head.

But seriously, she spoke of something I experience a lot--I can only call it the state of "in between." I've commented on your blog before that I have very lucid dreams and I sometimes feel that I go somewhere beyond life and living in some of my dreams. My dreams make me believe very much in an after life and God or god or dog. ;-)

I think there is something more to us as humans than we realize.
May. 16th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
God, I hope so.
May. 16th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
oh yea, this captivated me when I first saw it. I didn't know she was being interviewed on NPR. I should go hunt it down.
May. 16th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
i heard alot of this interview today too!!
May. 16th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
the brain
Intriguing stuff. While I do not look forward to a stroke (it's the drooling and pooping that would bother me) I am fascinated by the subject. My one "LSD trip" while back packing in the Black Hills back in the seventies remains a high point of insight for me one that I would love to duplicate, sometime, before I "shuffle off" or perhaps while I shuffle off.
I am sure that we all have read "Doors of Perception" and the works of John Lilly however note that in my years of working with mentally ill (a societal observation) I have encountered some people who entered into a "drug" induced psychosis and never returned. Caution is advised.
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May. 17th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
I think my left-brain is ruling my life and I hate it.
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May. 20th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
Good analogy.
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