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Darwin and phrenology

According to the phrenological doctrine, as elaborated by Franz Joseph Gall, the shape of the skull reflects the `organs’ or faculties of the brain. Phrenology attained considerable popularity in England: by 1832 there were 29 phrenological societies and an influential journal edited … Continue reading

Darwin’s hobby-horse

When does a hobby become a scientific subject ? Thanks to Darwin’s correspondence, we can get an insight  into what  Darwin called “an uncommonly curious subject” and his very own “hobby-horse”. The “uncommonly curious subject” was the expression of emotions … Continue reading