Aeoli’s bowl cut

This term is a play on Koanic’s mohawk, the original description of which I couldn’t find. Someone plz link and I’ll edit it in.

I’ve previously noted that associative horizon appears to correlate with absolute cranial width. Particularly, eminent philosophers tend to have wide skulls and are often hyperbrachycephalic.

Greek philosophers busts

Skull outlines from the top

Aeoli’s bowl cut is the theory that a person’s ventral stream prefers a course through the brain at the latitude where the skull is widest, as viewed from the front. Because that’s hopelessly verbose, I’ll talk through the example of Leibniz.

Skull of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

leibniz skull back

leibniz skull side

leibniz skull bottom

We would type Leibniz as an starchild-back because his temporal lobes would be disproportionately large in comparison to his overall brain. The maximum width occurs at the eye level on the right side of his skull and just above the eyes on the left side. Aeoli’s bowl cut predicts that, when Leibniz was feeling particularly creative (which he would have very often because width predicts associative horizon) his ventral stream would tend to go through these points of greatest width and shun points where the skull is narrower. So, viewing this skull, it’s not surprising that Leibniz was a philosopher (seeking the pattern which contains all patterns) with music as a side gig.

Restated, I predict a person’s most divergent, idiosyncratic, and creative thinking (in other words, what they spend their free time on) will correlate with the functions of the brain structures the ventral stream prefers to pass through, which correlate with local cranial width.

Using a couple more familiar personalities…Koanic’s skull is widest very near the top, so his creativity tends to be expressed in symbols processing, game theory, and logistics. My own skull is widest where the parietal, temporal, and occipital bones intersect. That is, Wernicke’s area on the left and the equivalent area on the right, with the right side being a bit bigger.



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14 Responses to Aeoli’s bowl cut

  1. Pseudorandom Bypasser says:

    Don’t get so enthusiastic with ventral stream and try to use it as a singular genius golden hammer. Technically it can’t be located at e.g. ones’ top of the head. It goes from thalamus -> occipital lobe’s visual areas -> temporal lobe, and these areas have somewhat fixed positions in the human brain. Skull shape definitely tells something about the division of brain mass and cortical development, but bulging doesn’t automatically mean “ventral stream”. It isn’t a white matter bundle that goes arbitrarily through your brain.

    Some alternative causes and correlates for bulging and/or brachycephaly and genius:

    * Higher Neanderthal DNA -> en bombe skull & increased grey matter development & increased occipital and temporal cortical development (technically translates to increased ventral stream) -> genius
    * High prenatal testosterone -> brachycephaly & increased grey matter development -> increased psychoticism and other personality traits suited for genius
    * Increased brain size for one reason or another -> skull happens to expand most from the sides (Autists tend to be generally macrocephalic, but I’ve seen how many spergy and/or creative melons have a distinct wide and flat cranium.)
    * Archaic phenotype -> bigger skull and neuropsychological traits that come with said phenotype (E.g. you are technically an archaic Cro-Magnon and likely very close to the original hybrids — most modern thals aren’t highish IQ geniuses.)

  2. bicebicebice says:

    Latitude and Longitude head Woo, the offset being the other head aka muh dick, fail-safe.
    Godly engineering at itz finest, truly.

  3. Koanic says:

    This is just bulge-dominance theory with an unlikely explanation welded on top, limited to the sides and with maybe a few extra associations.

  4. JonnySachrimony says:

    star-child: are you still going with the aliens theory then and really believe the philosopher is part alien or have come back to reality a bit just using it as a term for that skull shape?

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      I don’t have an opinion on Lloyd Pye’s stuff and I’ve never looked into it.

    • Koanic says:

      Supposing extraterrestrial or supernatural involvement in the origin of man is far less implausible than the statistical improbability that humanity is first in an empty universe which doesn’t begrudge us our goldilocks planet, champ.

  5. Santoculto says:

    Mine look like a ice cream. Long face, weak chin, very triangular and narrow face, big nose, big forehead, i think mesocephalic index.

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