Alien In The Brain

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a) Eye of Horus and the thalamus
The shape of the Eye of Horus and the thalamus part of the brain have been compared in form as if to suggest that the shape of one has been derived from the shape of the other when seen in a cutaway form. The Ancient Egyptians were not known for having derived any great interest in the human brain but modern Western society has made the connection even if it is not an exact match, it's close enough so as to be a topic of discussion that catches the imagination just as the much discussed Pakal Votan tomblid might be perceived as a Mayan Rocketman, and so it remains curious to wonder if someone who created the symbol did have some knowledge of the human brain ( see Vestigial Remains Of Eye Of Horus )

Comparison between Eye of Horus and the thalamus region of the brain

Simplified diagram of a human brain

Giger's Necronom IV, 1976
a cutaway model of a human brain


b) Giger's Alien absorbed inspiration from the human brain
Giger's Necronom IV which I have noticed has taken inspiration from the form of an inverted eye of Horus also also perhaps borrows from the flesh form of the area surrounding the thalamus region. Meanwhile the Corpus Caliosum becomes in this case the stretched alien cranium.


sketch by Giger from his Alien Diary compared to brain diagram

In diagrams, we see the outer part of cerebellum curling around from the base of the diagram forwards and upwards until the the tip of the sickle like shape reaches just below the Pineal gland and we might take notice of the tale which I have likened to the form of a lions tale from the Embalming Ritual  lion couch. (see Necronom iv inspired by Egyptian Book of the Dead )

a cutaway of a human brain (source: http://faculty.sdmiramar.edu/)

cover of Giger's Alien published in 1979
The comparisons between brain parts here below is not to suggest that HR Giger stuck directly to the features of the brain but used it as a guide for the flow of forms that I'm suggesting went into designing the alien. Note also that at the lower point of the left side of the choroid plexus part (if that is the right name for it), there is a slight in dip by the tip as with the raised shoulder ridge of the alien design
Alien stage III third version of concept in comparison to the brain

c) See different examples of the midsagittal cutaways of the human brain

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