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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Get Your Head Examined: Phrenology a 19th Century Pseudo-science?

Phrenology, based on Greek physiognomy, became a functioning science in the 19th century. The Fowler's press acted as a reform platform, expanding self-knowledge and the self-help genre. Victorians valued self-control and self-knowledge. Phrenology, through lectures and pamphlets in conjunction with busts, provided a sure method of learning about one's self and others. Phrenology helped individuals to better understand themselves and their place in the rapidly-changing world. Historians at first treated phrenology as a curiosity, a pseudoscience that served to highlight the shortcomings of scientifically-minded Victorians who saw science and nature everywhere, even in the bumps on their skulls. Phrenology effected the development of criminology, and other neurosciences and psychology.


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Presenter: Brittany Welch (Graduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 2:30 pm Session IV