Mind and Meaning

August 23, 2009
(was 09.21.2008)

Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained brain scientist who suffered a crippling stroke. What's remarkable about her story is that she watched - in clinical detail - what was happening to her own mind and body while she was having the stroke. As her body shut down, she felt strangely euphoric. And she had to decide whether she wanted to go on living. We'll talk with Jill Bolte Taylor in this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge.

  1. Jill Bolte Taylor on "My Stroke of Insight"

    Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard trained brain scientist who suffered a devastating stroke and describes the event and her long struggle to recover in her book, "My Stroke of Insight."

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  2. George Vaillant on "Spiritual Evolution"

    George Vaillant is a Harvard psychiatrist on a mission to reclaim spirituality and ground it in hard science.

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  3. Daniel Levitin on The Musical Brain

    Daniel Levitin runs McGill University's Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition and Expertise.

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  4. Owen Flanagan on "The Really Hard Problem"

    Owen Flanagan is a philosopher of mind who spends his professional life tackling the so-called "hard problem" of consciousness.

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