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The Thinker

Here's something to ponder - has his pose changed?

MMDE: Closed fist on forehead

Current: Open hand on chin

Did Rodin's famous "The Thinker" sculpture always have his open hand on his chin, or was it a closed fist on his forehead?

There are many people who remember him with the closed first on his forehead. As a test, next time you talk to someone unaware of this Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect ask them to make the famous Thinker pose - chances are, they'll do the fist-forehead one. 

Few people realise there were many copies of the sculpture, the most famouse being Le Penseur in the Musée Rodin in Paris. Begun in 1880, The Thinker was initially a figure in a large commission for a doorway surround called The Gates of Hell, and Rodin based this on Dante's Divine Comedy.

Representing philosophy, one can only wonder what he'd make of all the controversy surrounding his pose over a century after his creation...