Punch,  63 (1872), 97.

The Autumn Ologies





Taxonomy, Nomenclature, Scientific Practitioners, Archaeology, Anthropology, Phrenology, Biology, Physiology, Entomology, Ornithology, Zoology, Spectroscopy, Astrology, Anatomy, Rationalism, Religious Authority

    Believes that lovers of knowledge must be glad 'when the season comes [...] Of philosophers' meets and fruit, / Of science and sociology'. Notes Augustus H L Fox's claim that archaeology is a branch of anthropology, itself, according to Punch, a 'subject that's full of doubt'. Notes that 'the Sages' ignore phrenology but study biology, which it believes is another term for physiology. Considers physiology to be a branch of zoology and notes that some 'names' of fields, notably entomology, conchology and ornithology, 'tax dunces' etymology'. Claims that every science 'has with every other analogy' and accordingly notes that astronomy is related to mineralogy. Believes that 'spectral analysis proves / Things unforetold by Astrology' and that the particulars of Alexander Pope's ontology will consequently become 'husks of terminology'. In anatomy, praises homology. Scorns tautology, a lesson that it believes the 'Rationalist School' apply to their 'neology'. Respects 'the wise men's rule, / Which from Science excludes theology'.

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