Considerations on Phrenology; In Connexion with an Intellectual, Moral, and Religious Education

Considerations on Phrenology; In Connexion with an Intellectual, Moral, and Religious Education

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...for which their fathers have been remarkable. 95. Obscurity of this subject does not arise from ignorance of the functions of the brain. 96. Ridiculous application of phrenology. 82. We now proceed to the consideration of that part of the subject which we regard as the most pernicious and dangerous. We have seen, that Mr. Combe endeavours to prove, or rather assumes, that the laws, according to which organized bodies are governed, are the same as those according to which dead matter is acted on. In this we think he is wrong, and the difference in the two cases arises from the powerful effect which the soul has upon the body to which it is united. Now, however, we have to follow Mr. Combe in his exposition of the phrenological system, a step further. He not only teaches that the soul has no power over the body, but, that it is actually subordinate to the body in which it dwells. He promulgates the doctrine, that the moral and intellectual faculties of man, are entirely dependant upon the organization of his brain. He goes so far as to say, that a brain of a certain construction, is no more adequate to the manifestation of Christian virtues, than the brain of an idiot from birth to the exhibition of the intellect of a Leibnitz or a Bacon. Again he declares, "It appears to me that the native American savages, and native New Hollanders, cannot, with their present brains, adopt Christianity, or civilization." 83. We have already alluded to this part of Mr. Combe's system, and shall shortly prove, by the best evidence to be had on such a subject, that many native Americans have been converted to Christianity, although phrenologists have positively demonstrated that such a conversion is impossible. At present we wish to remark on the...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236873955
  • 9781236873958