"Virus" circa 2002 : Inspired by a paragraph I read in an old Time Life book (The Cell) explaining the basic attack mechanism of a virus. The quote below is not the original text that inspired the animation but the essence of it is close enough:

"Viruses that attack bacteria were named 'bacteriophages'. The term phage originates from Greek phagein, which translates as 'to eat'. The phage infection cycle seems to be simple but extremely efficient: a single phage injects its genome into a bacterial cell, switching the cells' programme in its favour so the host cell will eventually die and release about 100 new phage particles.1 "

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Triune brain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The triune brain consists of the reptilian complex, the paleomammalian complex (limbic system), and the neomammalian complex (neocortex), viewed as structures sequentially added to the forebrain in the course of evolution. However, this hypothesis is no longer espoused by the majority of comparative neuroscientists in the post-2000 era."


"Limbic. Neocortex. The reptilian brain, the oldest of the three, controls the body's vital functions such as heart rate, breathing, body temperature and balance. Our reptilian brain includes the main structures found in a reptile's brain: the brainstem and the cerebellum."

0 Comments 2016 2016

I am thrilled to announce the launch of 2016! Reptilemind is the creative portfolio of Christopher Hayes, visual artist.

ReptileMind was officially launched as a dot com on April 29th 2003 but it's origins stretch back to somewhere in mid 1998 (this being roughly it's tenth edition). The site's early years were spent as a few pages of HTML stashed away in hidden directories on whatever server I could get inconspicuous access to. Once ISP's began offering modest bits of server space to their subscribers for "Personal Pages" it moved up a few directories and became a legitimate albeit fourth class citizen on my (eek!) AOL account. In retrospect it is a miracle that it's content escaped the notice of AOL's TOS police but thankfully it survived.

Over the years the site has existed as HTML, ASP, Wordpress, Elgg, Joomla and is now entering into a new era as Concrete5. ReptileMind is continually evolving and it's days of transformation are far from over but for the time being ... dare I say it ...  it's 2016 edition is complete.