The Vitruvian Adam


Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian man is a drawing of Adam the protoplast. The figure bearing double arms and legs exposes Adam’s chimeric nature. Notice the feet. One set stands on the base of a square while the other on the circle’s circumference. This is a brilliant way to represent two manifestations sharing a single form. 

Penned in 1490, L’uomo vitruviano, was a scrawled reminder of something Leonardo had read in Scroll III of Vitruvius’ De Architectura. He quoted Vitruvius in the work, “The ideal body is eight heads high.” ”A palm is four fingers.” “A man is twenty-four palms.” Leonardo was adding to this work. Leonardo was showing the chimeric man was the epicenter of true proportion. 

Chimera is a single organism composed of cells with more than one distinct genotype — two unique DNA in one body. Humans have this dual-occupant capacity from the factory. The human body can house two unique DNA, two immune systems, and two bloodstreams. Technically four because a hermaphrodite chimera is a variant of a tetragametic chimera where a female embryo is merged with a male embryo, and the resultant chimera will have both male and female specific markers in their body. Chimeras and hermaphrodites are not genetic anomalies. They show us an ancient footprint about how we got here. 

Before Adam and Eve there was AEdam, the chimeric Adam. What we know as the fall of man has been the genetics unspinning itself from the library of the ark. Like a zip archive decompressing itself into a folder, man unspins himself at genesis to spawn and populate the land. An idea not so unheard of in a day of CRISPR and GMO technologies.

I cover this topic more in my livestream, The uncut story of Adam and Eve

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