Today starts a new series that I perhaps blatantly stole from Shelley over at Retrospectacle, but it’s such a darn great idea! From the mouth of Shelley:
Pretty much I’m just going to dig back into the forgotten and moldering annuls of scientific publications to find weird and interesting studies that very likely would never be published or done today (and perhaps never should have.)
Clearly I’m not doing the same thing, but her idea gave me one of my own. We here at Omni Brain will be digging into classic media coverage of all things science (usually brain related – clearly). I have a feeling most things will be from the NY Times since they are archived very very well all the way back into the 19th century. But if I can find it online or you can point me in the right direction any media source will be fair game. So without further ado, here’s our first entry into the world of….Pseudoscience in the Press of the Past
When Psychology, Anthropology, Physiognomy and Phrenology were uttered as equals in the same sentence.
From the NY Times Classifieds March 5, 1864:
P.S. I think we’ll do this series on Mondays (I have another one already scheduled) and they will always be in the History category if you’d like to find the whole series in the archives.