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Creativity and the Law: Jill Bolte Taylor and Clifford Stoll and TED

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The past few days I’ve been bombarded with “creativity” of the best kind.

From a very interesting discussion, and a funny How We Won the Case story, with a local attorney about the use of creativity in the law (not as straightforward as it sounds) to these amazing video clips from the TED Conference (and the TED blog) – my brain is whirling happily. These two 18 minute clips were funny, scary, inspiring, and mind boggling, but you can be sure they all are:

How the Mind Works: Stroke of Insight: “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.”

2) Talks: Clifford Stoll: 18 minutes with an agile mind: ‘… could talk about the atmosphere of Jupiter. Or hunting KGB hackers. Or Klein bottles, computers in classrooms, the future. But he’s not going to. Which is fine, because it would be criminal to confine a man with interests as multifarious as Stoll’s to give a talk on any one topic. Instead, he simply captivates his audience with a wildly energetic sprinkling of anecdotes, observations, asides — and even a science experiment. After all, by his own definition, he’s a scientist: “Once I do something, I want to do something else.”

(You might remember Clifford Stoll as the writer of the riveting, suspenseful Cuckoo’s Egg and provocative Silicon Snake Oil. He inspires and surprises once again, here in this <18 minute video.)

It’s amazing what a family reunion accompanied by the joys of Portland food and drink will do for the imagination 🙂

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