Weather Influences: An Empirical Study of the Mental and Physiological Effects of Definite Meteorological Conditions

Weather Influences: An Empirical Study of the Mental and Physiological Effects of Definite Meteorological Conditions

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Weather Influences: An Empirical Study of the Mental and Physiological Effects of Definite Meteorological Conditions

Weather Influences: An Empirical Study of the Mental and Physiological Effects of Definite Meteorological Conditions

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The work on Weather Influences that Professor Dexter now offers to the attention of the public relates to a theme that has been discussed pro and con by many philosophers. The definitive conclusions attained by him in regard to the influence of certain specific weather conditions upon men are but the beginning of a long series of special researches that will afford a scientific foundation for the general belief in the influence of climate upon the characteristics of tribes and nations. Except in a very few cases no one has as yet succeeded in distinguishing between the immediate or direct influences of weather and climate on man and the indirect influences. Experiments that last but a few hours tell us a little about the immediate temporary influence of great and sudden changes of pressure, temperature, or moisture, but we have as yet only very hazy ideas of the ultimate influences of permanent changes. In fact, a comprehensive view of the possibilities of evolution and natural selection teaches that we must study man, as we do the animals and plants, in reference to every item of his environment. Weather and climate may affect him directly, but they also affect the water he drinks and the food that he eats; they dictate his clothing and dwelling and all his surroundings, so that climate can scarcely be considered by itself, and we are apt to enlarge the mean-

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