The Da Vinci Code

Sooooo you know how sometimes you take a break from something and then you forget what you were doing and calendars are accidentally turning to the wrong year and so scheduled things don't appear where and when they are supposed to and then you realize you have to do something drastic but then STUFF keeps happening?

Yeah. that.

Ahem.

We Are Back! From our summer hiatus! And the episode that was supposed to drop on Sept. 13th (but didn't... and yes there is totally a nefarious reason why involving censorship by the church, or... something...) is dropping today… one week late.

A thousand apologies.

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This week we discuss the 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code as well as the 2006 movie by the same name.

In this episode, we both rag on Dan Brown's writing partly because we are jealous of his book deals. We also talk about the difference between historical fiction and speculative fiction. And Jennifer curses more than Kaylia for the first (and maybe only) time! Enjoy!

A few notes:

In our discussion we talked about the Vitruvian Man.

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The MAN in question


The Vitruvian Man
was created by Leonardo da Vinci around the year 1487. It is accompanied by notes based on the work of the famed architect, Vitruvius Pollio. The drawing, which is in pen and ink on paper, depicts a male figure in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and simultaneously inscribed in a circle and square. The drawing and text are sometimes called the Canon of Proportions or, less often, Proportions of Man.

Also, since it comes up rather often in the book, movie, and our discussion: Fibonacci Numbers: a series of numbers in which each number ( Fibonacci number ) is the sum of the two preceding numbers. The simplest is the series 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, etc.

There is also a bit of discussion about the Pentagram vs the Pentacle and so I offer you a resource:

The word I couldn’t think of during recording is “pareidolia.”

Seeing recognizable objects or patterns in otherwise random or unrelated objects or patterns is called pareidolia. It's a form of apophenia, which is a more general term for the human tendency to seek patterns in random information

Other resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Da_Vinci_Code

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_The_Da_Vinci_Code

https://discoveryseries.org/courses/the-da-vinci-code-separating-fact-from-fiction/lessons/16762-2/

https://www.usnews.com/news/religion/articles/2008/01/25/fact-and-fiction-in-the-da-vinci-code


Thanks for listening!