Daily zeitgeist and our amazing brain

By , 13 March 2008 22:21

My Firefox homepage is Delicious’ Popular links page. Every day I get to look at things that people on the web think are important. One time, one the links was for someone that I knew [a flickr contact] before they made the popular list.

Most times, a link stays up for a day, sometimes two, as the critical mass of the web adds to its staying power. I don’t click on every link, but many do end up on my own del.icio.us page [which are added to my Feedburner RSS feed]

This video was on the popular list for three days. Take a look at it and you will know why. “Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor tells an amazing story of had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke….”

Spoiler alert: Taylor presents a compelling argument that religious ecstatic experience is simply a function of the brain’s anatomy. But if those experiences can bring about universal peace, I don’t care how it happens.

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