A theory on the way to being right

19 Apr

Phrenology is a nice example for students of how theories evolve. Whilst phrenology las long been know it be wrong, it shows students that the roots of the idea of ‘localisation of function’ go back further than they might imagine.

It’s also interesting to show students that whilst ‘science’ moves on, ideas can remain in the popular consciousness for many years. The film below is from 1932, many years after ‘science’ progressed from phrenology. It;s also worth pointing out to students that as late as 1932 this phrenology was being referred to as an Astrologer and psychologist !


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