Where we think: "Within The Gates, The Thinker sits apart, not just because he is still, but also because he alone thinks. As they come to the gate of Hell, Virgil says to Dante, 'We are come to the place where I told thee thou shouldst see the wretched people, who have lost the good of intellect.'" A.E. Elson, Rodin's Thinker and the Dilemmas of Modern Public Sculpture. New Haven, CT., 1985. p.65.

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conscience: "Jamie said, 'In Santa Fe in New Mexico, I saw a Navajo sandpainting
at the museum there. It was a sandpainting of a Navajo hero named Monster Slayer.'
     Both Keith and Aaron said 'Monster Slayer- that's so cool.'
     Mr. Moore looked puzzled, 'Yes, go on-?'
     'Monster Slayer is painted with a white arc like a curved bridge on his forehead,' Jamie continued.
     'What does the arc symbolize, Jamie?' asked Mr. Moore.
     'The guidebook said that it was to show he had a conscience,' she said.
Dr. Esse laughed, 'So maybe the Navajo sandpainters know about the importance of
the frontal lobe in conscience. May be.'" http://www.iupui.edu/~psycdept/child/ebook/chap4.html

 

never completed: "once a particular behavior, topic of conversation, or train of thought begins, the patient may persevere endlessly, talking about the same thing over and over again, repeatedly doing tasks long since completed, and being unable to shift appropriately from one activity or topic to the next." L. Miller, Inner Natures: Brain, Self & Personality. New York, 1990: p.45.

movement: "I used to think that movement was the chief thing in sculpture and in all I did it was what I tried to attain." A. Rodin. In, F. Lawton, A. Rodin. London, England, 1906. p.160.

intelligence: "Early on, the possible role of the frontal lobe in cognitive functions focused primarily on issues of IQ and abstraction. In most research reported on 'intellectual' functions of IQ, alteration but not loss of general cognitive abilities was described. Frequently the IQ scores were within the normal range despite rather massive frontal lobe disturbance." D.T. Stuss and D.F. Benson, "Control of Cognition and Memory." In, E. Perecman, Editor, The Frontal Lobes Revisited. New York, 1987. p.151.

Chokmah: A variant of this spelling is Hokmah. "A combination of Hekat and Maa as Hek-Maa, 'Maternal Wisdom,' may have been the origin of Hebrew Hokmah, which also meant 'Maternal Wisdom,' the spirit appearing in Proverbs 8 as God's cocreator. Greek translators of the Bible rendered her name Sophia, 'Wisdom....' The Gnostic gospel On the Origin of the World said it was she who gave birth to Jehovah himself, and taught him how to create the forms of living creatures, though she alone infused them with the power of life." B.G. Walker, The Crone. San Francisco, CA., 1985. pp. 51-2.

prophecy: One wonders whether there is an etymological connection between Hekat and Hekate, the goddess to whom "household garbage was sacrificed....Hekate has long been implicated in dream interpretations. Both the magical view that considers dreams as foretellings and the nineteenth-century mechanistic view that attributes them to waste products of physiological sensations (garbage) show Hekate's influence."  J. Hillman, The Dream and the Underworld. New York, 1979. p.39.

limbic loop: "The connectivity of the frontal cortex, basal ganglia, and thalamus has a looped structure...There are five such loops: motor, orbitofrontal, frontal eye fields, and two involving the dorolateral prefrontal area." G.R. Taylor, The Natural History of the Mind. New York, 1979. p.200.

transformative: "She is the goddess of the Whole, who governs the transformation from the elementary to the spiritual level; who desires whole men knowing life in all its breadth, from the elementary phase to the phase of spiritual transformation." E. Neumann, The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype. Princeton, NJ., 1955. p.331.