Mirrors of your dreams
July 30, 2012 3:04 AM   Subscribe

Neuro Images posts images of brains and art based on them. Some of them are beautiful; some of them are grotesque; some of them are confronting or sad (the complete series is here); and some of them are strangely reminiscent. (previously)
posted by Joe in Australia (9 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
The "confronting" one seems more grotesque, and the "strangely reminiscent" one reminds me of the way Edward Gorey would draw a forest.

The image of the brain being sliced up strongly reminds me of a meat market. Highly disturbing. Yet as you suggest, we should be able to confront such a thing. Man is matter.
posted by Sleeper at 3:45 AM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]

Is anybody else suddenly hungry?
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 4:47 AM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]

I should probably have linked to this image, too. The brain itself is built up of curves and connected fans of tissue, and there's a sense of rightness about the illustration. I wouldn't have thought of quilling in this context but it's clearly very appropriate.
posted by Joe in Australia at 4:55 AM on July 30, 2012

It's a little weird to dissect a human brain. But in the end, some donated brains are not in good enough condition for scientific study, yet remain useful as a teaching tool (best way to learn the anatomy is hands-on). So while I didn't use a bread knife and cutting board, I did get a really good feel for how the hypothalamus and fornix actually sit in the brain. Weird combination of fascination about the subject at hand, and respect for the subject of your study...
posted by caution live frogs at 5:20 AM on July 30, 2012

Is this where we post imagery of our own brains? Because I'd be all over that. My last MRI was so beautiful I put it on a t-shirt.

Some of my colleagues find that odd. No idea why*.

*It may have been the video fly-through of my neuroanatomy that upset them. Philistines.
posted by Combat Wombat at 5:20 AM on July 30, 2012 [2 favorites]

I like the Synaptic Plasticity done in Plasticine.
posted by Kabanos at 7:11 AM on July 30, 2012

IKabanos: I like the Synaptic Plasticity done in Plasticine.

Synaptic Plasticity is funky. Makes you funky. It bring the funk. To stay funky, keep your synaptic plasticity glowin', and your dendrites, a-flowing and branching out....

Because synaptic plasticity digs all jive...

...it keeps growing and growing and staying alive.

Synaptic plasticity as it lives and learns,

keeps those dendrites funky and long...

and be funky and dug in return.

With apologies to Langston Hughes's classic Motto...
posted by Skygazer at 8:09 AM on July 30, 2012

If you like this, street anatomy may also be your thing.
posted by ChuraChura at 11:26 AM on July 30, 2012

Like. </eponysterical>
posted by neuron at 10:21 PM on July 30, 2012

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