Deep Right-Brain-iology


My Wikiklesia friend John La Grou attended the TED conference last week, and he sent me this email today: “A neuro-scientist named Jill Taylor gave a short talk that was probably the most profound depiction of the ‘deep right brain experience’ that I had ever seen or heard. Please check this out when you have 18 minutes to sit and watch without interruption. After her talk, the vibe of the entire conference changed—people were more open, deeper, clearer. Truly remarkable. This video just went online today. There is an essential message here for all humanity on acknowledging just how closely connected and related we all are. Very spiritual, very empowering.”

On John’s blog, he shared this: “Consensus among TED’sters is that this may be the most memorable and important TED Talk ever. It was certainly the most talked-about presentation among those at TED2008. Enjoy and share with others. And let Jill’s experience inspire, motivate, and change the way you look at life.”

I must confess that when I watched this, Jill Taylor’s obvious emotion gripped me as well—through the small video window on my computer screen—and my eyes welled up with tears. As a Christian, I think I know how I would describe the profound spiritual experience that Taylor describes, or at least, Who I would attribute the powerful sense of euphoria she describes to. She simply calls it “nirvana,” which I’m sure many evangelicals would object to (I would too), but you can’t deny the power of her testimony.

Do you have 18 minutes to be moved/shaken/inspired/disturbed? Then watch this:

UPDATE: Ed Brenegar is another Wikiklesian, and he writes: “What I gain from this is an appreciation of the depth of God’s goodness embedded in his creation.”



Posted on 03-12-2008


  1. Dave B. says:

    March 14th, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Wow. I got the moved, shaken, and inspired. What part was supposed to disturb me? I would like to hear any suggestions she would have for how to step out of the left and into the right. It’s interesting that she came to this insight through an experience she couldn’t control, yet she now talks about “choosing.”

  2. dan says:

    March 15th, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    i don’t think, therefore…? i’m glad Jill Taylor’s loss of half her mind was restored, but she sure uses that restored half to effectively discredit it! makes me think of david blaine.

  3. David Jackson says:

    May 12th, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Having gone through my own stroke in late January and struggled to make sense of what happened to me and how I will continue working as a professional musician. Dr. Jilll is quite inspirational. When I need a little spiritual push I listen to her speech.

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