Phrenology Examined

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Hogan & thompson, 1846 - Phrenology - 144 pages
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Page 53 - All its diversity is merged in oneness." 9. Descartes (cited in Bogen 1986): "There is a great difference between the mind and the body, in that the body is, by its nature, always divisible, and the mind wholly indivisible. For in fact, when I contemplate it — that is, when I contemplate my own self — and consider myself as a thing that thinks, I cannot discover in myself any parts, but I clearly know that I am a thing absolutely one and complete.
Page 66 - ... order to be such, to believe in the plurality of organs ; and in this manner, the Deity himself would have established materialism in an incontestable manner. If I am a materialist because I admit more than a single faculty of the soul, and because I recognise several primitive faculties, I ask if the ordinary division of the faculties of the soul into understanding, will, attention, memory, judgment, imagination, affections and passions, expresses only a single primitive faculty ? If it be said,...
Page xiv - I frequently quote Descartes: I even go further; for I dedicate my work to his memory. I am writing in opposition to a bad philosophy, while I am endeavouring to recall a sound one
Page 102 - Too many people were led to suppose themselves the objects of the doctor's regards, and imagined their heads to be especially longed for by him, as a specimen of the Utmost importance to the success of his experiments. Some very curious stories are told on this point. Old M. Denis, the Emperor's librarian, inserted a special clause in his will, intended to save his cranium from M. Gall's scalpe'l."t 102 Gall and Spurzheim differ from each other upon several points...
Page 34 - ... is wholly extinguished. Hence it appears, that the cerebral hemispheres concur, by their whole mass, in the full and entire exercise of the...
Page 61 - God for beings whose organization does not bear the original stamp of determinate faculties."* What ! If I happen not to possess a little peculiar organ, (for it may be wanting,) can I not feel that God exists ! And how can I be an intelligence, knowing myself, and yet not knowing that God is ? I do not more strongly feel that I am, than that God is.
Page 18 - ... faculty of the understanding is provided in the brain with an organ proper to itself. 'Now, of these two propositions, there is certainly nothing new in the first one, and perhaps nothing true in the second one.
Page 86 - You can slice off a considerable portion of 85 an animal's brain, either in front, behind, on one side, or on the top, without his losing any one of his faculties.* The animal may, therefore, lose all that Gall calls surface of the brain, without losing any of his faculties.
Page 61 - Aristotelian-Cartesian assumption that there must be at least as much reality in a cause as in its effect.

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