Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Valentines Special

Seen as Valentines is coming, thought some heart fractals might be in order.

Hearts Afire

Hearts Afire

Smooth Loving

Smooth Loving

Cupid's Arrow

Cupid's  Arrow

Heart Fire

Heart Fire

and finally

Unchained Passion

Unchained Passion

Happy Valentines Everyone! I know that Valentines is a "made up" holiday but at least we get to show off heart shaped fractals. This year, Valentines has even been profitable for thanks to Shutterstock.

4 Comments:

Blogger Guido Cavalcante said...

Not always the heart was used for the representation of love. The Babylonians made the connection between liver and love. I learned the Arabs have taken from the Babylonian the idea of linking the liver with love. "The Arabs credited both the heart and the liver as the seat of love. An old Arabic poem states, “Our children are our livers walking on the ground.”

The roman anatomist Galen "stated that in the brain, there are three residing “powers in the head”: 1) Imagination in front; 2) Thoughts in the middle; and 3) Memory in the back. So, if the person in love leaves his loved one, then his brain will be “preoccupied” with thinking about him or her. The heart as well as the liver will be preoccupied with thoughts about the loved one. Therefore, the love addict might have less appetite because the liver is preoccupied with the loved one. He also suffers from sleeplessness because the brain is preoccupied with thoughts of the loved one. So, the “places” [organs] concerned with “alnafs”, i.e. the heart, the liver, and the brain, will be preoccupied. If these are not preoccupied with the loved one, then the person is not really in love in Galen’s judgment. These places will be vacant when the lover meets his loved one."

Excerpts from "LOVE IN THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE" and from "A HISTORY OF THE LIVER, SPLEEN, AND GALLBLADDER"

2/13/2007 10:12 AM

 
Blogger Dzeni said...

Guido, thanks for the fascinating comment. Of course Galen could have been wrong and its all about the heart. The other issues could simply be a result of poor blood flow to the brain and liver (due to the heart being "preoccupied"). That's my story and I'm sticking with it. All in good fun and with lots of love, of course.

2/13/2007 2:35 PM

 
Blogger Rykk said...

Great flames!

2/13/2007 9:01 PM

 
Blogger Jill said...

These are beautiful! How do you make them?

Personally, I think Galen has the right idea. Love is too complex for one organ to contain. Having thoughts of love in three different places could also account for love/hate relationships.

(Imagine: "My heart loves him, but my liver despises him and my brain is too busy trying to balance my check book to cast a tie-breaker!")

1/20/2008 1:42 PM

 

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