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  Physiognomy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
scientific correlation physiognomy, in which there are believed to be rough statistical correlations between physical features (especially facial features) and character traits due to a person's physical preferences that are caused by corresponding character traits, such that gene mixing causes the correlations; this type of physiognomy is therefore allegedly based on genetic determinism of character.
The Greek here is quite hard to express, but Aristotle seems to be referring to characteristics in the nature of each kind of animal thought to be present in their faces, that he is suggesting might be analysed for correspondences — for example the noticeable fondness of the Koala for eucalyptus leaves.
The principal promoter of physiognomy in modern times was the Swiss pastor Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801) who, for a short while, was a friend of Goethe.
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 PHYSIOGNOMY - LoveToKnow Article on PHYSIOGNOMY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Physiognomy was regarded by those who cultivated it as a twofold science: (1) a mode of discriminating character by the outward appearance, and (2) a method of divination from form and feature.
Then he studies the physiognomy of the sexes, and the chamcters derived from the different features, and from color, hair, body, limbs, gait and voice.
The physiological school of physiognomy was foreshadowed by Parsons and founded by Sir Charles Bell, whose Essay on the Anatomy of the Expression, published in 18o6, was the first scientific study of the physical manifestation of emotions in the terms of the muscles which produce these manifestations.
21.1911encyclopedia.org /P/PH/PHYSIOGNOMY.htm   (3431 words)

 The New Challenge: Stressing the Physiognomy of the Environment Using Renewable Energies and Co-Generation ...
The emergence of a region´s physiognomy, has to do with all five senses of the human being, which are responsible for the creation of his physiognomic conscience, for the reason that human feels satisfaction when all his five senses are satisfied.
The aesthetic dimension of the physiognomy of an area, includes all these elements of a mental, emotional and operational dimension and therefore the power plant to be installed has to be not only energy sufficient, but also to create sentiments of acceptance to the human being that interacts with it.
As far as the physiognomy of a city is concerned, the Co-generation of Heat and Power Units and the Biomass Units, must be in such a way located in the region so as to create a healthy and acceptably qualified urban environment by strengthening simultaneously the tradition and the physiognomy of the area.
www.eco-web.com /editorial/040130.html   (4347 words)

 Amazon.com: The Physiognomy: Books: Jeffrey Ford   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Physiognomy is a story in three acts, in which protagonist Cley shows his despicable nature, then travels through purgatory and is given the chance to redeem himself by doing right by those he had wronged.
Physiognomy is an impressive device, filled with the potential for all sorts of moral quandaries, but its use diminishes quickly and drastically after the first third of the book.
The Physiognomy is an original and interesting read in spite of its flaws, the mass market paperback is cheap, and the whole thing wouldn't take you more than an idle weekend afternoon to finish.
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 On Physiognomy
It is also a fact that in private life everyone criticizes the physiognomy of those he comes across, first of all secretly trying to discern their intellectual and moral character from their features.
The study of physiognomy is one of the chief means of a knowledge of mankind, because the cast of a man's face is the only sphere in which his arts of dissimulation are of no avail, since, these arts extend only to that play of feature which is akin to mimicry.
And in regard to the study of physiognomy in general, it is further to be observed that intellectual capacity is much easier of discernment than moral character.
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 Common-place: The Physiognomy of Biometrics
Lavater’s distinction between pathognomy (the study of man’s passions and his visible, but impermanent facial expressions) and physiognomy (the study of the correspondence between man’s moral character and his permanent and unalterable facial features) limited the power of people to manipulate the reception of their image in public, since it disassociated expression from character.
By turning to physiognomy as a way to detect vice, expose dissimulation, and undermine social mobility in their novels, Rowson and other postrevolutionary authors reproduced Lavater’s opposition between a model of character read from performance and one read from the structure of the face.
With the rise of physiognomy, the sphere of agency from which a person’s moral character could be known shrunk from the range and quality of his actions to the contour and shape of his face.
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 Astrological Physiognomy from Ptolemy to the Present Day by Bernard Eccles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Physiognomy, the art of judging character or destiny through physical appearance, has had a long and varied history.
For the greater part of its history, physiognomy was seen as an integral part of astrology, offering physical evidence and vindication of the theory of planetary influences.
If planetary physiognomy is not self-evident, scientific, nor observed, but dependent on a tradition which is itself based on astrological vocabulary, then it will be susceptible to change when that vocabulary itself changes, as all languages do over time.
www.skyscript.co.uk /physiognomy.html   (7113 words)

 Physiognomy: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
German (called deutsch in german; in german the term germanisch is equivalent to english germanic), is a member of the western group of germanic...
Characterology is a method of character reading developed in the 1920s that attempted to combine revised physiognomy, reconstructed phrenology, and amplified...
Personology, is a recent "new age" variant of the ancient pseudoscience of physiognomy, which is closely related to the disproved study of phrenology....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/p/ph/physiognomy.htm   (2025 words)

 Physiognomy and teeth: An ethnographic study among young and middle-aged Hong Kong adults
Physiognomy is the judging of an individual's character from their facial appearance.
Physiognomy is the study of the assumed ability to judge the physical, mental or moral character of an individual by the qualities of their face.
Belief in aspects of traditional physiognomy concerning teeth was associated with age (P=0.002), gender (P=0.02), educational attainment (P=0.002), place of birth (P<0.001), religion (P<0.001) and type of housing (a proxy measure of economic status) (P=0.002), Figure 2.
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Although the roots of the practice go back nearly as far as written history, physiognomy as a formal pretend science dates back as far as the 14th century, when people with names like Giambattista della Porta and Barthélemy Coclès wrote long and lovingly detailed treatises on how to evaluate people by their faces.
Physiognomy is a central belief of the Christian Identity white racist movement in the U.S., and it was a favorite past-time of the Nazis as well.
Today, physiognomy endures primarily as an anachronism, used by people whose beliefs are so monumentally stupid that the "science" of physiognomy actually makes them look better than they would in a vacuum.
www.rotten.com /library/medicine/physiognomy   (754 words)

 Physiognomy - Face Readings and Psychic Definition
Physiognomy is the interpretation of outward bodily appearance, especially the features of the face, to reveal a person's predominant temper and character.
Physiognomy is based upon the belief that a person's physical appearance, primarily the face, reflects their character or personality.
The use of physiognomy is attributed to the Greek philosopher Aristotle though earlier sources suggest that physiognomy was known to Pythagoras, Socrates and Hippocrates.
www.psychics.co.uk /psychicreading/psychic-readings-physiognomy.html   (554 words)

 Islamic Medical Manuscripts, Physiognomy 1
Physiognomy played a major role in the rhetoric of the day, and its principles were applied by other writers to the practical problems of medical diagnosis and prognosis or how one could choose a good physician or a reliable and honest servant.
In physiognomy (through its use of external physical clues), one passed directly from knowledge of the known to the unknown, and for this reason it was incorporated into many general divinatory manuals.
For physiognomy in the medieval Islamic world, see Toufic Fahd, 'Firasa' in EI (2nd ed.), vol.
www.nlm.nih.gov /hmd/arabic/physiognomy1.html   (231 words)

 Find Physiognomy at myEweb.com
Physiognomy is the interpretation of outward appearance, especially the features of the face, to discover a person's predominant...
Physiognomy is the interpretation of outward appearance, especially the features of the face, to discover a...
Physiognomy has also been used as a kind of divination and...
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 Physiognomy and Racism
In the 19th century physiognomy, the study of how the outward appearance relates to the inner character, captured the interest of many anthropologists and was used to support racial theories.
Lavater was a Swiss priest, and is known as the inventor of physiognomy.
Lavater's physiognomy also became influential in literature, such as the book Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, published in 1848, where onlookers at a murder trial for the character Jem Wilson try to decide if he is guilty by examining the structure of his face.
mason.gmu.edu /~aweese/bookbag/hist387   (4362 words)

 Face Reading Software Digital Physiognomy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Predictive methods of fortune-telling include physiognomy (study of facial characteristics) and phrenology (study of contours on the skull).
Physiognomy, which claims to find correspondences between bodily features and psychological characteristics, often makes use of such supposed similarities.
Digital Physiognomy uses a sophisticated neural network to identify correlations between facial features and psychological characteristics using photo identification techniques recognized by law enforcement professionals.
www.allthesoft.com /home/miscellaneous/digital-physiognomy   (292 words)

 phrenology & lavater, physiognomy, art and racial science   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
At the beginning of the nineteenth century the study of physiognomy was developed into the popular system of psychology known as phrenology.
Reading Bumps and Faces; Phrenology and Physiognomy A History of the Watchtower's Excursion into the Occult by Jerry Bergman is a well referenced essay on the influence of Phrenology.
ne of the founding principles of physiognomy, phrenology and much of physical anthropology was the belief in an infinite, and hierarchical, scale of physiognomic variations from the classical ideal to animality or the brute.
www.newcastle.edu.au /school/fine-art/Race/race/phrenol.htm   (1603 words)

 About Face Reading   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Physiognomy, the art of judging human character by facial features is both an ancient art and a modern study.
Physiognomy has been in development for over five thousand years in both eastern and western culture.
Johann Kasper Lavater, considered the father of physiognomy, in 1775, advanced the subject with the publication of Essays on Physiognomy.
www.readmyface.com /About_Face_Reading.html   (834 words)

 Physiognomy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the literature of sensibility, the discourse of physiognomy is the more conventional and superficial sister to that of physiology.
While the medicalization of the body looks beneath the skin for explanations of emotional, psychological, and physical behaviors and responses, physiognomy stays on the surface, on the skin, studying facial features, the lineaments of the body, and even gesture and expression.
The assumption at work is that an individual's nature-- his or her disposition, character, mind, and soul-- can be judged by scrutinizing the outside of him or her.
www.engl.virginia.edu /enec981/termpages/physiognomy.html   (319 words)

 Secrets of the Anarchists Revealed!
Out of thirty celebrated Nihilists, eighteen have a very fine physiognomy, twelve present some isolated anomolies, two only present the criminal type (Rogagiew and Oklasdky), that is to say 6 -8 per cent.
And, it is necessary to remark, the physiognomy corresponds with his autobiography, written with a fierce fanaticism; whilst in the posthumous writings of Parsons and in the
Schwab has the physiognomy of a savant, of a student; he much resembles the nihilist Antonoff, beheaded in Russia (See Plate IV in my "Delitto Politico.") Neebe is quite like an Italian economist well known in America, Luigi Luzzatti.
www.spunk.org /library/humour/sp001494/physiog.html   (868 words)

 Introduction to Physiognomy - Face Reading the Facial Features
The validity of the association or inference based on physiognomy is a separate issue that can be established or discredited by empirical evidence.
Well, logically, as the signs of physiognomy change little or slowly, they can only be about characteristics that are relatively enduring and that change little or not at all.
The physiognomy movement proper (which cultivated the narrow connotation for this term) was Phrenology, popularized by the 18th century Swiss philosopher Lavater.
face-and-emotion.com /dataface/physiognomy/physiognomy.jsp   (736 words)

 Islamic Medical Manuscripts, Physiognomy 3
This latter figure could be a Greek physician named Aelius, but is more likely a garbled reference to Hippocrates, for several Hippocratic writings were quite influential in later physiognomic thought because they employed physiognomic indicators.
The illuminated opening for an undated copy made in Mamluk Egypt of the popular treatise on physiognomy written by Shams al-Dīn al-Dimashqī (d.
Throughout the text the word al-firasah (physiognomy) is voweled as al-farasah ('horsemanship').
www.nlm.nih.gov /hmd/arabic/physiognomy3.html   (1052 words)

Physiognomy is the interpretation of outward appearance, especially the features of the face, to discover a person's predominant temper and character.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, physiognomy was used by some of its proponents as a method of detecting criminal tendencies.
This is not to say that there are not certain physiognomic features associated with certain genetic disorders such as Down syndrome or Williams Syndrome.
www.skepdic.com /physiogn.html   (315 words)

 IngentaConnect Face Value: The Phenomenology of Physiognomy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The concern of this article is to establish the difference between physiognomy and expression as it may be understood phenomenologically.
The work of Merleau-Ponty founds the phenomenological appreciation of physiognomy, and Gestalt psychological studies on perceptual organization elaborate the specifics of physiognomic structure despite the naturalist assumptions of that school of psychology.
Physiognomy is the organized structural specification of expression in the phenomenon that presents itself.
www.ingentaconnect.com /content/brill/jpp/2005/00000036/00000002/art00004   (227 words)

 MEview - The Physiognomy
A citizen is calibrated and filed away in the appropriate slot according to the length of a lip or the distance between eyebrows.
These are the shadows that follow Cley on his assignment to Anamasobia to investigate the theft of a sacred object.
If he could see through the haze of his own conceit, the Physiognomy, and the habit that has him in an untiring grip, he would bribe the coachman to keep going, as fast and as far as possible.
www.hikeeba.com /meviews/review.php3?id=0380793326   (464 words)

 Phrenology and Physignomy
A full basilar region is accompanied by the powerful endowment of the moral, intellectual and spiritual natures." Evidence for this conclusion included Russell's physiognomy, specifically his "large face a large, broad nose with ample nostrils" (p.42).
Today, although the Watchtower recognizes much of this for the foolishness it is, their wholesale acceptance of so many fringe occultic as well as quack ideas does not speak well of their history.
And the examples of phrenology and physiognomy are only one of hundreds.
www.premier1.net /~raines/phrenology.html   (1853 words)

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