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Did Michelangelo Paint a Brainstem in the Sistine Chapel?

[ 5 ] June 30, 2010 | Noah Hutton

In a guest post written last month for Scientific American, neuroscientist and author Douglas Fields discusses recent claims that there is brain imagery woven into Michelangelo’s illustrations in the Sistine Chapel.

Fields appears to be fairly convinced that Michelangelo knowingly incorporated anatomical features of the human brainstem into his masterpiece, as seen above. Are you convinced?

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  1. breandan says:

    I find it difficult to understand how he manages to overlook the big picture:

    I thought it was pretty much implicitly understood that the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel had subtly concealed brain imagery all over it, even well before that article was written, ‘exposing’ the hidden anatomical drawings of Michelangelo. It seems pretty obvious to me.

  2. Electra says:

    A lot of what comes out through art is coming from the sub conscious, interwoven with the conscious mind. I can remember mindlessly drawing to fill a whole page of white paper, doodling I suppose, then later, upon finding my doodle, seeing all kinds of sub conscious symbols and imagery within it. Who can say if it was conscious or subconscious? I cannot, but I can say its beautiful and thought provoking.

  3. Electra says:

    actually one could say symbols come from the super-conscious not just the sub conscious. But divine inspiration….

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