Brain scientist explains how she felt her stroke as it was happening

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1. Rigel 3 years ago

Wow, she is an amazing actor
I know it's her true experience and everything but that's still got to be one of the most brilliant emotional monologues ever conveyed

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2. SiguRos 3 years ago

Did you have a stroke while writing the title?

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3. nomaddaf 3 years ago

Seems pretty clear this is where the concept of heaven comes from.Mix this with mans desire to control and BOOM you have religion!

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4. Dario10 3 years ago

I can't believe I watched the whole video. Amazing.

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5. Jabafara 3 years ago

In some new research they suggested that pineal gland excretes DMT when your brain is going to die. Some people believe that this event releases our soul from the body. Her story really sounds trippy :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineal_gland
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimethyltryptamine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Strassman

Here's one bonus clip about LSD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5d4wWGK4Ig

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6. Xionbox (moderator) 3 years ago

#5 Yes, I heard that some think you get the best high of your life right before dying, so you (almost) always go peacefully.

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7. Awaits 3 years ago

watched it all, sounds awesome. but heck, I do not want to experience that stuff. no thanks.

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8. datastreamdude 3 years ago

reminded me of AA/NA meetings and listening to a share......lol

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9. asdfas 3 years ago

"Mom, is she a crazy person?"

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10. Jabafara 3 years ago

#9 She is awake now ;)

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11. spetzialist 3 years ago

Kind of sounds like she was tripping like hell, kind of makes me wanna smoke weed like i used to years ago. Sometimes I'd get those brilliant ideas, that would seem genious, never really had a chance of writing them down and analyzing, after being sober. I've always thought that the good drugs (weed, lsd) open a door in our minds, that is closed by default. And let us experience a different reality.

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12. ace543 3 years ago

Loved it! Thanks to the uploader

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13. loadme 3 years ago

#1 this is no acting at all - this is being human

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14. kevlar 3 years ago

#13 Now that's a MAJOR correction...I thank you on his behalf.

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15. jtoya85 3 years ago

I can see how this can be a scary thing to experience but at the same time I would want to see and feel what she felt to know what it would be like to have that perfect world of harmony where there was no more wars or poverty. I am very glad to have seen this and that she survived to tell this amazing story.

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16. Comment rated too low. Show this comment MurderVictim 3 years ago

This vid sent me to sleep.

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17. Urmensch 3 years ago

#5
The claim that DMT is excreted or produced by the pineal gland is pseudo-scientific speculation.
The link you give to the pineal gland on wikipedia says nothing about DMT.
Hippy-dippy speculation isn't research.

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18. Gorf 3 years ago

7:27 - without sound to provide context, this looks like she's describing something else entirely

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19. flumoxed 3 years ago

Amazing clip.
Amazing woman.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this as normally I find talk of spirituality and energy a little too 'hippy' for my taste.

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20. jmbiss 3 years ago

Interesting, but couldn't watch it all beacause I can't stand that American adenoidal whining nasal sound that most of them have in their voices.

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21. Jabafara 3 years ago

#17 Oh.. that's odd.. I didn't read it through properly, I only read the finnish wiki and there DMT is metioned. Check it out;
http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%A4pyrauhanen
But yeah, I'll give you that; It hasn't been commonly approved.
"Hippy-dippy speculation" -Don't be so negative, man :D

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22. snotRules 3 years ago

Was that a real human brain! :O

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23. Urmensch 3 years ago

#21 "Don't be so negative, man"

Sorry if I harshed your buzz :)

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24. irishgek 3 years ago

Should she not have just dialled 911. ?

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25. fjwjr 3 years ago

#24 Didn't you listen to her? I had a stroke 14 years ago. Only with mine it was more clear to me that I had a problem. Still, calling 911 was not what entered my mind. Like her, I spent an unsusual amount of time thinking about what was happening to me and observing and studying. Wierd.

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26. bzzt 3 years ago

It sounds like an LSD trip

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27. d3vill0ck 3 years ago

I was just about to write that this looks like a detailed LSD trip :)

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28. Eddie87 3 years ago

i had brain bleeding (on my left side) in 2005 and i forgot almost everything before the bleeding (i remember 5-10% of my life before the damage)..

i still got troble with my brain, i dont got the same memory now i forget fast. when i was at the hospital my mom where there all the time only 45 min she wasnt there and i didnt know the name and didnt know who she was (like meeting a unknown person on the street).

ive been learning alot after, like starting a whole new life, and it is kinda weird, but life must go on.