Based on the widely accepted premise that a person’s skull conformed to the proportions of its contents, the antiquated discipline of Phrenology purported to be able to assess the character of an individual by carefully measuring the subject’s cranial topography. Each area of the brain was believed to reflect a specific aspect of a patient’s personality. By measuring the “bumps” on a person’s head, one could determine their basic emotional makeup.
Modern medical science has managed to refute many of the assumptions of the phrenological tradition, noting that mental content is often much easier to explain through statistical analysis of prevalent social standards. In other words, you don’t need to feel the bumps on a man’s head to know what’s on his mind.
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