We are exploring the hemisphere hypothesis, which states that the two hemispheres of our brain present us with very different perspectives on what’s going on. In this episode we are going to explore what it is like to experience the world exclusively through Right Hemisphere modes of perception.
What happens when people, because of disease or injury, lose use of the left hemisphere and are forced to rely exclusively on the right hemisphere. This is what happened to Jill Bolte Taylor whose story is the focus of this episode. As she describes in her wonderful book MY STROKE OF INSIGHT, she had a massive stroke in her left hemisphere and lived for eight years in what she called the "silent mind" of her right hemisphere. What was that like? Her story gives us unique insight into the unique ecosystem of the right hemisphere.
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