Homunculus


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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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Although the glowing gases of the Homunculus nebula prevent astronomers from getting a clear look at what's inside, they have figured out that Eta Carinae is a binary system of two very massive stars that orbit each other every 5.
Homunculus is used in psychology today as a memory tool to describe the distorted scale model of a human sculpted to reflect the relative space of human body parts.
Nabokov's choice of the word homunculus may strike one as archaic, but it echoes the opening pages of Tristram Shandy, in which an elaborate set of indirect allusions and convoluted hints combine into the story of the protagonist's conception: Walter Shandy performs two husbandly duties on the first Sunday of every month where he winds the household clock and has sex with his wife (Tristram Shandy 4 4-5).
He links this register of knowledge with the homunculus.
The researchers have used the spatial and velocity information provided by this data to create the first high-resolution, fully 3-D model of the Homunculus Nebula and the new model contains none of the assumptions about the cloud's symmetry found in previous studies, which was developed using only a single emission line of near-infrared light emitted by molecular hydrogen gas.
Desperate to get away and rejoin his dwarf comrades, he considers taking advantage of his invisibility to kill this weird homunculus with his sword but then chooses not to.
Of Homunculus Born: A Short History of Invisible Women
The patients pointed out on a homunculus diagram which joints were causing trouble.
Hawkish homunculus Oliver Steeds spent most of the show on a bizarre rant about how elephants aren't worth saving from the poachers.
N-bomb (Negro Sombra) is a teetering black tower of balls and limbs (including one "arm" holding a decapitated can of spray paint evocatively branded Alien Art Concept) that suggests both the tarred remains of a pre- or posthuman homunculus (a grotesque but obsequious stand-in for the artist?
A good example from the Middle Ages is the recipe of the creation of the Homunculus (Latin for little human) by Paracelsus of Hohenheim, a scholar of alchemy and various other sciences in the 16th century.
His historiographic novels always revolve around some mystery through which the city's underside manifests its lines of force and, therefore, the theme and discourse of the irrational plays a significant role in them: the combination of occultism and serial murders; mysticism, communication with spirits and alchemical experiments; mysterious identities related to the motif of forgery; or the myth of the homunculus, the everlasting, artificial, human-like creature combined with the theme of the doppelganger.