THE
GREAT
RAVELLED
KNOT

What do images of the brain tell us about the history of consciousness? And our ideas about the mind?

How has art influenced the sciences of the mind? And vice versa?

How can history contribute to the scientific exploration of the brain?

Can a dialogue between artists, humanists, and scientists lead to novel understandings in this realm?

This is what I'm wondering about.

Angela Richardson
MFA student
Department of Art
UW - Madison

Meandering memories

When I saw Camillo Gogli’s 1894 drawing of the principal cells of the hippocampus (top), I was immediately struck by how strongly they reminded me of some gorgeous images I’d encountered weeks before. The 1944 maps by Harold N. Fisk (bottom) trace the shifting course of the Mississippi River over time. Their curlicues evoke the winding curves of the hippocampus where memories are made in the brain.

I also find it worthy of notice that Golgi’s 1894 drawing is so similar to a photomicrograph of the hippocampus made in 2005 by Tamily Weissman, Jeff Lichtman, and Joshua Sanes. Those images are 111 years apart. It’s easy to recognize that one is the ancestor of the other.

  1. typotypotypo reblogged this from reblololo
  2. m3owcif3r reblogged this from mudwerks
  3. t1tzorgtf0 reblogged this from hungry-skin-vacant-meat
  4. callmesalparadise reblogged this from adeclarationofsorts
  5. adeclarationofsorts reblogged this from crystalline-coriolis
  6. thedreamingmoon reblogged this from thenearsightedmonkey
  7. inkgirl054 reblogged this from 1950spixie
  8. raeraerae reblogged this from thenearsightedmonkey and added:
    Meandering memories When I saw Camillo Gogli’s 1894 drawing of the principal cells of the hippocampus (top), I was...
  9. autolycanism reblogged this from mudwerks
  10. hoycestertit reblogged this from nurdoz
  11. nurdoz reblogged this from unfuckthereallife
  12. zigguratofsophia reblogged this from mudwerks
  13. themoon-and-i reblogged this from reblololo
  14. lomeinb-tch reblogged this from mudwerks
  15. remifentanil reblogged this from cthulhudawn
  16. cthulhudawn reblogged this from reblololo
  17. qsalms reblogged this from reblololo
  18. violet-amporas reblogged this from tsarbucks
  19. tsarbucks reblogged this from medeaexmachina
  20. medeaexmachina reblogged this from thenearsightedmonkey
  21. a-zesty-lo0n reblogged this from slutgarden