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This belief isn’t based on empirical evidence, but on a 19th-century hypothesis about free will that has more in common with phrenology than with our modern understanding of how brains work.
No chemistry department would extend an invitation to an alchemist; no reputable department of psychology would entertain a lecture espousing phrenology.
When the original Neanderthal skull with the heavy brow and thick bones was found by quarrymen in Germany’s Neander Valley in 1856, British geologist William King interpreted them along the lines of phrenology and scientific racism.
By Pankaj Mishra Back in the 19th century, powerful men legitimating cruel inequalities thought phrenology was objective.
Some of these studies have not been replicated, and have been criticized as a modern form of phrenology.
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Origin and Etymology of phrenology
Greek phren-, phrēn
First Known Use: 1805See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of phrenology
: the former study of the conformation of the skull based on the belief that it is indicative of mental faculties and character
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