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Homunculus

 

according to medieval alchemists, a manlike creature that might be created artificially. In the 17th century it was thought that the homunculus was contained in the human spermatozoon and would develop into a human being if implanted in a maternal organism.

Homunculus

formless spirit of learning. [Ger. Lit.: Faust]
See: Ghost
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of Strathclyde) describe the use of The Homunculi program with young people on the autism spectrum or those who have emotional or behavioral difficulties.
This would be extremely interesting, for it would mean that long before Paracelsus the Jews associated the retort, indispensable to the alchemist makers of homunculi, with their golem" (197).
AaThis game is pretty freaky, too, particularly if you aren't expecting to see Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon or Carl Edwards as giant-headed homunculi.
As the description of the waxes notes, these figures depict one of the few anatomical errors in the collection, Even the earliest embryos are represented as tiny human figures, homunculi.
She goes on to hypothesize that, had the monster chanced to peruse accounts of golems or alchemical homunculi, "he would have realized that in fact he belonged to an ancient and acknowledged species: the man-made or artificial man" (169).
Gone is the mawkishness and moralizing of Author, in Vanishing Point; gone too the simple exhaustion of Writer, in This Is Not a Novel; indeed, not since the days of Reader himself--the first of these homunculi, and by comparison blithely egocentric and old-fashioned, the most resembling a "real" fictional character--has a Markson novel been so free of the weight of closure; free, paradoxically, of the need to end (and end breathtakingly
In Sermon VII: And God Created Man and Woman, the minister, how dressed in crimson, raises open hands, and the same arched windows reveal a lush green paradise inhabited by the paired homunculi who represent the first parents.
Consequently the use of the mind as an explanatory principle implies an infinite regress of homunculi within homunculi and can have no explanatory power.
occupied by characters with primitive drives and simian shapes, more homunculi than human being" (108).