The difference between your brain and Leonardo Da Vinci’s

Great minds are interested in the commonplace

Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace – Elbert Hubbard

When Leonardo died, the experts sliced his brain into thousands of infinitesimally small slivers in order to examine each piece for genius and to preserve for posterity and further learning. What did they find? They went through his notebooks with a fine toothcomb, each way ahead of their time, full of drawings and diagrams on a multitude of subjects. His painting skills were the least of his prolific talents. Each priceless collection of notebooks is distributed around the world in some institution or other. He was truly an extraordinary human being.

Actually I am lying. I am pulling your leg. I have no clue what they did to Leonardo’s brain. Probably buried it. It was was some other chap they sliced the brain of and studied endlessly in life and after death, because he had a disorder that made him lose his short term memory. He had no recollection each day of what he had done the day before, (much the same way that I cannot now remember his name). And yet, if he had learned to do something the day before, he was better at it the day after, even though the rest of his memory was gone and he did not recall learning it.

Anyway I digress because this quote by Elbert Hubbard is all about appreciating the commonplace. It’s easy to be fascinated by the extraordinary, such as Leonardo da Vinci, the newest Apple product or medical finding. It’s harder to be interested in the common leaf, as these kids are.

Children surely have great minds then. Artists and bloggers also! We haven’t lost our sense of wonder at the common word of the common people. We take time to read blogs by ‘amateurs’, able to glean wisdom from the smallest of things, the rearrangement of words into concepts or the sharing of a personal experience.

So what is the difference between your brain and Leonardo’s? Nothing, folks, now you remember that and go use it!



2 thoughts on “The difference between your brain and Leonardo Da Vinci’s

  1. Your post reminded me of something I heard Tim Burton say a couple of years ago when he was in Toronto, Someone asked him where he gets his inspiration and he said “I just look at the ordinary until it becomes the extraordinary.” I loved that. Thanks

    • I love that too. Tim Burton knows what he’s talking about. Huge imagination! And that reminds me of saying an ordinary word over and over until it sounds odd. It’s all about how we look at stuff. Thanks for your comment.

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