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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor on happiness

Filed under: all,bangkok,thailand,yoga — luke @ 11:38 PM -
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this video of a presentation from the recent TED conference is one of the most interesting things that i’ve seen in a long time, it’s well worth the 18m44sec that it takes to watch. the description of the video on the website is:

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

but what that description doesn’t get into is the insight that mrs taylor had about how the brain can bring about both happiness and suffering. as she lost the left half of her brain, the feelings she described are very similar to the feelings yogis and meditators describe when deep into their practice. in fact, she may have even experienced a bit of what pantalji describes as samathi. as a person with a scientific background, i found it especially interesting to hear these insights from a scientist.


update: just read this in the new york times
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/25/fashion/25brain.html?ex=1212465600&en=efc869a654443efb&ei=5070&emc=eta1

“I believe that the more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner peace circuitry of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world, and the more peaceful our planet will be.”


วิดิโอนี้มาจากการประชุมของ TED ที่เพิ่งผ่านมา
พอดูมาลุคก็มีความรู้สึกว่าไม่ได้ดูอะไรน่าสนใจเท่านี้มานานแล้วเวลา
18m44sec ที่คุณต้องจะใช้ในการชมจะคุ้มแน่นอน เว็บไซต์ของ TED มีคำอธิบายนี้

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

แต่ที่บทนี้ขาดคือทัศนคติของนักวิทยาศาสตร์คนนี้ว่า

ความสุขและความทุกข์ยอมเกิดจากสมองของเราเอง พอสมองส่วนซ้ายของเขาหายไป
เขาก็เริ่มรู้สึกเหมือนกับพวกโยคีและผู้ปฏิบัติธรรม คนที่ปฏิบัตินาน
ที่จริงนาจะเป็นเหมือนกับที่ pantalji เรียกว่า samathi
ี่ลุคมีประสบการณ์ทางวิทยาศาสตร์
จะเห็นว่ายิ่งน่าสนใจที่ได้ยินนักวิทยาศาสตร์อธิบายอย่างนี้


update: เพิ่งอ่านนี้ในหนังสือพิมพ์ new york times
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/25/fashion/25brain.html?ex=1212465600&en=efc869a654443efb&ei=5070&emc=eta1

“I believe that the more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner peace circuitry of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world, and the more peaceful our planet will be.”

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  1. Oprah also has several podcasts of interview with Dr Taylor

    http://www.oprah.com/spiritself/oss/guest/oss_guest_jboltetaylor.jhtml

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