Phrenology: Selfish propensities

I have recently read Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks, which is an excellent novel. That and The Circle of Reason by Amitav Ghosh have made me think about contemporary representations of the pseudo-science phrenology, which keeps rising to the surface of popular culture. Coffee cup phrenology

The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester held an exhibition called BRAINS, which seemed keen to again link areas of the ‘head’ to aspects of behaviour. Phrenology is visually inscribed and this emphasis – i.e. what you see is what you get – persists and insists today.

Why? And why the insistence?

 
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About ejpollard

I was awarded my PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK in December 2013. My thesis explored the notions of origin and ellipsis in the writing of contemporary British novelist Hilary Mantel. I want this blog to express the ideas I have in and around my academic writing. View all posts by ejpollard

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