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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.
No chemistry department would extend an invitation to an alchemist; no reputable department of psychology would entertain a lecture espousing phrenology.
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.
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.
Pseudosciences such as phrenology and eugenics have attempted to ascribe a biological rationalization for the oppression of certain groups.
This is obviously not a side of phrenology that Mr. Colicchio, who is outspoken about his progressive politics, embraces.
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