Soul Searching Over

What is the soul? is a question that philosophers have debated for centuries. To  look at a picture that details precisely the soul’s location is miraculous.

pineal gland

Many thanks to Descartes for bringing us this rare insight. The drawing of a dissected brain shows the pineal gland at the centre (the hanging acorn shape), regarded by Descartes as the intersection of soul (or mind) and the human body.

As a conduit to the spiritual, it is a modest piece of flesh, perhaps a masterpiece of miniaturization.

 

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