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Who first discovered or invented the concept of "muscle memory"?

Galton's 1883 mention of "muscular memory" quoted by OED is not its earliest occurrence. The loose idea had common currency at the time, mostly based on self-introspection and common ...
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When did the idea of thoughts occuring in the human head originate?

We should note that the underlying evidence behind the spiced up modern titles like "seat of the mind, "seat of intelligence", etc., is generally very obscure, and Wikipedia's phrasing is copied ...
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Who first discovered or invented the concept of "muscle memory"?

The earliest quotation of "muscular memory" the OED gives is: 1883 F[rancis] Galton [1822-1911] Inq[uiries into] Human Faculty 106 which gives an example from painting: There is abundant ...
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Why was yellow bile/choler believed to cause anger?

We do not really know. The association comes from ancient medicine of humors, black bile, yellow bile, phlegm, and blood, four supposed bodily fluids. Considering that "phlegm" does not exist and ...
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Why was excess of blood believed to cause cheerfulness, hopefulness?

See e.g.: James Irwin, Galen on the Temperaments (1947). You have to follow the link from Hippocrates’ ideas of humors, or bodily fluids, as a part of character, though the modifications of the later ...
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What did William Harvey think the stroke volume of a heart was?

I now see that this was answered on the next page of the book. Harvey's "ounces" were today's ounces, and his drams were "fluid drams", each one eighth of an ounce. It isn't explained why he ...
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