Tuesday, 14 October 2008

The Workshop of the Head

I've been fascinated by this book since I was very small. The copy I have originally belonged to my mother. There are many illustrations in it like this one. Do the little people have even littler people inside their heads?


Twentieth Century popular science:
how the brain works, from the 1941 publication,
The Miracle of Life
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13 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

This has always seemed to me a good way to teach children about such things. It certainly seems to have fascinated you for the last forty odd years - wonder how "out of date" this idea is - can't imagine a modern book taking this angle.

Dominic Rivron said...

Neither can I. It's so "40s" too: all the workers are men, bar one, and she works for one of the men!

I'm not quite sure how one would simplify these things these days. Probably using non-human cartoon characters. I've seen that done to describe the workings of computers.

Dave King said...

Absolutely fascinating. I seem to recall seeing something similar once in a comic - The Eagle, perhaps. Thanks for putting it up. Glad I saw it.

Poet in Residence said...

It's not GS is it?

Pauline said...

ha! I've always known there were little people up there. And others dwell in radios and TVs and amid the strings of pianos. And they must all have littler people in their heads - it follows, yes?

Dominic Rivron said...

It follows. But what do the ones in your head do when you lie down?

Dominic Rivron said...

It's been a long day and I've got a bit of a cold, so forgive me if I'm missing the obvious... :)
Who or what is GS?

Pauline said...

they have these little suction cups on their feet, like flies so they don't lose their balance - and when I'm sleeping they show dream movies on my eyelids...

Poet in Residence said...

Sorry Dominic, mere insouciance, thought for a moment it was George Szirtes

Dominic Rivron said...

I see. I think :)

Jacques de Beaufort said...

these are quite cool

Sepiru Chris said...

Dominic,

I can well see why you would be entranced with this book, if all the pages are similar to this.

What a lovely find, I find myself moving from bemused to intrigued and shall be on the lookout for similar books on my visits to antiquarian bookshops... in the new section, of course as the 1940s are not quite antiquarian, yet...

Dominic Rivron said...

I've just done a bit of research -well, surfing- and found a great blog that has really gone to town on these kind of pictures - BibliOdyssey.