Last year I ascended the steps of this wooden building on a mission doomed to failure. Today I stand outside looking into its intimate garden, where a weathered statue of the Goddess stands with pitcher in one hand, a bowl in the other, a diaphanous gown slipping off her perfect shoulder, revealing a small round breast.

I recall these words: "He was becoming an expert in medieval and Renaissance devotional art, reveling in codes and mysteries he saw hooked up with myelinated fibers at birth. The body comes complete with the basic hardware it needs to move, see, hear, and feel. Subsequently, secondary areas receive insulation, and the developmental process ends with the myelinzation of fibers connecting the highest cortical areas, most notably the frontal lobes. Some parts of the frontal lobes are fully functionally connected to the brain in Botticelli's enigmatic figures."

 

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