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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Definitions for phrenology

  1. a psychological theory or analytical method based on the belief that certain mental faculties and character traits are indicated by the configurations of the skull.

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Citations for phrenology
According to Moleschott's celebrated dictum — 'Without phosphorus no thought,' and if there be any truth in physiology and phrenology, you women have been stinted by nature in the supply of phosphorus. Augsta Jane Evans, Augusta Jane Evans, 1866
“Why don't you just put a phrenologist on the case and be done with it?” His reference to phrenology was intended to sting, as it was the touchstone for an ongoing disagreement between the two. Rodney Osborne, Straw Men, 2011
Origin of phrenology
The phren- in phrenology comes from the Greek phreno- referring to the diaphragm and the abdomen. This sense was extended in the writings of Homer to refer to the area around the heart as well as the mind.
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