Elements of phrenology by George CombeElements of phrenology by George Combe

Elements of phrenology

byGeorge Combe

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1835. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... EFFECTS OF SIZE AND ACTIVITY IN THE ORGANS, AND PRACTICAL DIRECTIONS FOR OBSERVING DEVELOPMENT. As ' self-conviction can be obtained only by self-1) observation,' every one who desires to become a Phrenologist should learn to observe. A healthy brain, at a vigorous period of life, is the proper subject for observation; and, as the fundamental principle of the science is, that the power or energy of mental manifestation bears a uniform relation, cmteris, paribus, to the size of the organs, we must be careful not to confound this quality of mind with that of mere activity in the faculties; as size in the organ is an indication of the former, but not at all of the latter. In physics, power is distinguishable from activity. The balance-wheel of a watch moves with much rapidity; but so slight is its impetus, that a hair would suffice to stop it: the beam of a steam-engine traverses slowly and ponderously through space; but its power is prodigiously great. In muscular action, these qualities are recognized with equal facility as different. The grey-hound bounds over hill and dale with animated agility; but a slight obstacle would counterbalance his momentum, and arrest his progress. The elephant, on the other hand, rolls slowly and heavily along; but the impetus of his motion would sweep away an impediment sufficient to resist fifty grey-hounds at the summit of their speed. In mental manifestations (considered apart from organization) the distinction between power and activity is equally palpable. On the stage, Mrs. Siddons senior, and Mr. John Kemble were remarkable for the solemn deliberation of their manner, both in declamation and action, and yet they were splendidly gifted with power. They carried captive at once the sympathies and understanding of the audi...
Title:Elements of phrenologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217943527

ISBN - 13:9780217943529