Though absurdly unscientific even for its time, phrenology was remarkably prescient-up to a point.
The island itself is vaguely brain-shaped, turning the map into a kind of cartographic phrenology of the self.
There's more than a whiff in those words of their rank etymological origin in the pseudoscience of phrenology.
Because the study of bumps on the ocean surface is a reliable kind of phrenology: it reveals deeper truths about the ocean.
His hobbies were chess and higher mathematics and phrenology.
British Dictionary definitions for phrenology
(formerly) the branch of science concerned with localization of function in the human brain, esp determination of the strength of the faculties by the shape and size of the skull overlying the parts of the brain thought to be responsible for them
1815, literally "mental science," from phreno- + -logy "study of." Applied to the theory of mental faculties originated by Gall and Spurzheim that led to the 1840s mania for reading personality clues in the shape of one's skull and the "bumps" of the head. Related: Phrenological; phrenologist.