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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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Veamos primero la critica a la idea homuncular de finalidad.
While the efficacy of following the meridian system, the qi paradigm, and homuncular acupuncture methods can be proven, this does not necessarily validate the entire paradigm that each system propounds.
If we are to understand our own controlled behavior, the homuncular will must be exorcised from the mind.
Brooks' theory also seems to have important similarities to William Lycan's homuncular functionalism, though this too is not discussed (Consciousness, Cambridge, Mass.
Strangely, I couldn't tell what I was sad for, but I suspect that I was sad for myself, pathetic as that sounds, as though I were somehow looking at a homuncular version of myself scattered in that basin.
The notion that there must be one place in the brain where the 'images' and 'impressions' from our double organs of sense coalesce is the product of Descartes' homuncular idea of the mind, the idea that the mind is a unitary indivisible little person at the crossroads of the brain.
Head on its hair body, homuncular head, alchemical gaze of a hair body
Now homuncular modularity appears to be the only available answer to this puzzle from the interpersonal model of analysis: if there is an intentional project, the engineer homunculus has to possess all the relevant information, but then, as the whole person, he cannot manage to hide the project to himself.