Brain Roofs and Porticos: A Psychological Study of Mind and Character

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Fowler & Wells Company, 1908 - Phrenology - 148 pages
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Page 32 - Heredity is that biological law by which all beings endowed with life tend to repeat themselves in their descendants : it is for the species what personal identity is for the individual.
Page 146 - Whoever calmly considers the question, cannot long resist the conviction that different parts of the cerebrum must, in some way or other, subserve different kinds of mental action.
Page 148 - ... observing have been great indeed ; and a daily intercourse with the unfortunate individuals entrusted to my care and management (whose number has never been less than one hundred and thirty persons, and often many more), has firmly, because experimentally, convinced me that mental disorder and moral delinquency can be rationally combated only by the application of Phrenology ; and that the man who treats them on any other system will much oftener be disappointed, than he who studies the manifestations...
Page 102 - Parents, nurses, and early acquaintances, to be sure, relate many anecdotes of the childhood of distinguished men, and they are published and credited. But when the truth is known, it is ascertained that many, like Sir Isaac Newton, who, according to his own statement, was 'inattentive to study, and ranked very low in the school until the age of twelve...
Page 102 - Here is a boy lying about in the fields, when he should have been at his Latin grammar ; reading novels when he should have been entering college; spearing salmon instead of embellishing a peroration. Yet this personage came out of this wild kind of discipline, graced with the rarest combination of qualifications for enjoying existence, achieving fame, and blessing society.
Page 148 - I have had any success in bringing the truths of the gospel to bear practically upon the minds of men, any success in the vigorous application of truths to the wants of the human soul, where they are most needed, I owe it to the clearness which I have gained from this science. And I could not ask for the members of my family, nor of a church, any better preparation for religious indoctrination, than to put them in possession of such a practical knowledge of the human soul as is given by Phrenology.
Page 98 - ... nothing. Imagine Hercules as oarsman in a rotten boat ; what can he do there but by the very force of his stroke expedite the ruin of his craft.
Page 146 - If, however, as we think is undoubtedly true, definite portions of the cerebral cortex subserve definite intellectual processes, there is a possibility that we may some day attain a complete organology of the brain surface, a science of the localization of the cerebral functions.
Page 147 - I not only consider Phrenology as a true science of the mind, but also as the only one that with a sure success, may be applied to the education of children and to the treatment of the insane and criminals. Upon the whole, I consider Phrenology one of the greatest benefits that of late has been bestowed upon mankind.
Page 115 - Be no longer a Chaos, but a World, or even a Worldkin. Produce! Produce! Were it but the pitifullest infinitesimal fraction of a Product, produce it, in God's name! 'Tis the utmost thou hast in thee: out with it, then. Up, up! Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy whole might. Work while it is called Today; for the Night cometh, wherein no man can work.

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