IQ testing has been an issue in our hose over the years. This is not a bad
article in three parts. Links to all three near the top of each page. Kinda
makes me wonder when phrenology will make a come back.
A few phrenologists I have met over time have all had in common both an
inferiority complex and the overwhelming need to feel some sort of both
superiority and control over other people to compensate for their
complexes. Can you imagine the creduity of some guy like that
explaining sotto voce how someone is genetically not quite to the mark
because of the shape of his oer her head? Now, imagine the irritation
at being considered one of the phrenologist's presumed illuminati
because of the shape of your own head. Do you want to be a part of that
guy's in group?
I once had a guy who claimed he recently had kensho make a comment about the
shape of my forehead in the hallway of a Buddhist 'temple', but that's as
close as I ever got. I'm not even sure it was based on any theoretical
Given that teh skull takes a couple of years to harden, and that, for
example, ancient Meso-Americans (I think the Maya but check, because I
don't recall) would bind the heads of infants so as to create an elongated
shape, and as a second example, the "papoose", wherein an infant would be
swaddled against a firm back, tended to give the babies' heads a flattened
shape in the back, I do not at all comprehend how anyone can take
phrenology seriously. Maybe, as an infant, someone just slept in a certain
position most of the tiem, as opposed to someone else. It is such a crock
of nonsense that it's not even funny.
Oh, I don't know...being mistaken is one of the mainstays of comedic
structure. As long as no one is about to get hurt by it, it's funny to me,
but then again, so is most religion and the Standard Model. That doesn't
stop most people from taking them very seriously.
I think there is a study suggesting that a slowly closing soft spot on
an infant's skill is a good thing, it allows the brain to expand and
that there are congenital deficits associated with binding or otherwise
affecting skull shapes?
Exactly. Infant brains are huge in comparison to body size, but the brain
still has to grow after that as part of th edevelopmental porcess. I don't
recall exactly what the problems are that occur when the skull hardens too
fast, but it's evidently cause for surgical intervention.
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