Time to Eat the Dogs

A Podcast About Science, History, and Exploration

Replay: Faces, Beauty, and the Brain

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“An ideal head, destitute of character” Johann Lavater, 1792.

Rachel Walker talks about physiognomy — the study of the human face — and why it was so popular among scientists and the general public in the 18th and 19th centuries. Walker is an assistant professor of history at the University of Hartford. She is completing a book based on her dissertation, “A Beautiful Mind: Faces, Beauty, and the Brain in the Anglo-Atlantic World, 1780-1860.”

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Rachel Walker

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