Last weekend JB went to visit a good friend of his in Indiana and met Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, who was working with his friend, Joe Lamantia, to create a large, uber life-sized model of the brain, which will be used to create a mold for fiberglass sculptures to be placed in public spaces. There is presently an artists’ competition to paint these fiberglass brains to help promote awareness of the brain, its hemispheric characteristics (right brain/left brain), its functions and dysfunctions.
On December 10, 1996, Taylor had a stroke, and as a neuroanatomist was able to observe this personal health crisis with clarity and a scientist’s eye. She wrote a book, My Stroke of Insight, describing the insight gained through this experience and her consequent ten year recovery. Below is her moving, passionate, inspired presentation at TED.
A movie is in the planning stages of My Stroke of Insight, to be directed by Ron Howard, who wants Jodie Foster to play the lead as Dr. Taylor.
Little did I expect the treasures JB brought back with him from Indiana.
(Photo above by Joe Lamantia)