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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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Similarly, she describes how spermists wrestled with the fact that many more sperm were ejaculated in a minute quantity of semen than could grow to maturity, leading them to wonder why G-d would have created a surplus of homunculi, only for them to be wasted.
The psychologist first notes some psychologically characterized (for example intentional) ability of the human subject and then posits the homunculi or subpersonal agencies needed to explain that ability.
The homunculi of the modern Al programme are criticised for a lack of human elements.
Into this context Assia Djebar arrives and, confronted with the secondary subjects, those dwarfed homunculi who are surprised and horrified at her arrival, she raises the veil from the other planet: her own.
Of course, this line of argument needs to be pursued with care, because there is always the threat of undermining the distinctiveness of the parts of the soul that is needed to defend partition against the circularity objection, but it seems a promising counter to the homunculi objection.
Yet on Gall's theory only a homunculus with the specialized faculty of seeing sees anything, as only a homunculus given over to hearing hears anything: none of the other homunculi sees or hears anything.
Two pages later we find: "the shapes of captors, the albumen of unbounded monsters, genies in murky bottles, homunculi in the nests of bats.
Battling the occult, ideological extremists, and monstrous Homunculi lurking in the shadows, can the brothers find a way to reunite without causing chaos and bloodshed?
16), of Daedalus's images and automata is in contemplating the idea of a more convenient slave, it is implicit that Agrippa thinks of homunculi, other naturals, and automata in this context as well.