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  Spurious: The Homunculus
There are several recipes for the Homunculus, a golem-like minature of the human being, who, when generated in the right way, is supposed to become a willing servant of the alchemist.
Then the homunculus is a principle of self-identity and preventing any infinite regress when reflecting on the ultimate locus of experience.
Homunculus is a word too small for this most frightening of doubles, whose face is like my own but full of darkness.
spurious.typepad.com /spurious/2006/07/the_homunculus.html   (463 words)

 Homunculus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Homunculus arguments are common in the theory of vision.
A homunculus called Twigleg is one of the main characters of the 1997 children novel Dragon Rider by German author Cornelia Funke.
This homunculus is also artificial; he is created by combining artificial ingredients and a small living creature (probably a small insect).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Homunculus   (5366 words)

 Developmental Biology 8e Online: Homunculus
This essay examines the association of the term "homunculus" with the "little man" that some of the leading spermists located inside the head of the spermatozoon during the rise of preformationist theories of reproduction in the seventeenth century.
Moreover, from antiquity to the Scientific Revolution, the term "homunculus" was consistently related to occult sciences and magical formulas, and the "creation" of homunculi was being strongly criticized by naturalists and theologians alike when the first microscopes revealed the existence of "little animals" in the semen.
The sixth and last volume is dedicated to the refutation of non-existent chemical effects, including the homunculus— as ridiculous, in Rolfink's opinion, as the claim of gold being generated in the human body, as in the episode reported in 1593 of a Silesian boy who grew a gold tooth(9).
8e.devbio.com /article.php?ch=7&id=66   (7679 words)

The Homunculus is a small man made pseudo human being that acts as a servant to its creator.
To make a Homunculus you would gather hair, bones, sperm, and skin, place it in the ground surrounded by horse dung and in thirty to forty days a homunculus would form.
The homunculus would have to be treated right, if not it could turn on its master and run away.
www.macula.tv /gallery/Illustration/gallery/homunculus/gallery.htm   (102 words)

This we call a homunculus; and it should be afterwards educated with the greatest care and zeal, until it grows up and begins to display intelligence.
In the avant-garde anime Serial Experiments Lain, the main character, a 14-year old-girl named Lain Iwakura, is referred to as a homunculus by Eiri Masami, a character that could be considered the series' villain, implying that she was artificially created, probably by Masami himself.
Shadow of Destiny), Homunculus is the name of an entity that obviously has a great understanding of space and time, and he seems to be helping the main character in the game to escape his death.
www.sfcrowsnest.com /scifinder/a/Homunculus.php   (2696 words)

 Remarks on Goethe's Faust, Part 2, Act II
Homunculus drifts over to him and is able to see what Faust is dreaming, which happens to be the myth of Leda and the Swan (which tells how Leda became pregnant with Helen).
Homunculus has been created in vitro (in glass), whereas AL researchers speak of developing artificial life in silico (in silicon), for computers are made of silicon (as is glass).
Homunculus is a disembodied mind or spirit, described as a flame and glowing.
www.cs.utk.edu /~mclennan/Classes/UH348/remarks-2-II.html   (3560 words)

 Homunculus argument - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A homunculus argument accounts for a phenomenon in terms of the very phenomenon that it is supposed to explain.
In the psychology and philosophy of mind, 'homunculus arguments' (or the 'homunculus fallacies') are extremely useful for detecting where theories of mind fail or are incomplete.
The Homunculus Argument shows this is not a full explanation because all that has been done is to place an entire person, or homunculus, behind the eye who gazes at the retinas (i.e.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Homunculus_fallacy   (605 words)

 Homunculus by Matthew St. Amand (Book) in Humor
Who knows what a Homunculus really is? Blander dictionaries will tell you that it is simply a 'miniature person' or 'man.' But the word, in its root origins, means a hell of a lot more than just that.
In the Age of Alchemy, the homunculus was a Frankenstein-like creature created by an Alchemist, just another artificial little helpmate for the busy mad scientist, one that usually, in the end, turned on it's maker.
Yet there are also other miscellaneous pieces of Homunculus that are a little harder to classify--unlikely job applications, a brazen self-interview, and even a saga, yes, a SAGA of one of the strangest of all creatures to ever inhabit the internet ether: Xavier Lipschitz.
www.lulu.com /browse/book_view.php?fCID=120876   (885 words)

 Homunculus :: d20srd.org
A homunculus is a miniature servant created by a wizard.
If the creature’s master is slain, the homunculus also dies, and its body swiftly melts away into a pool of ichor.
A homunculus is shaped from a mixture of clay, ashes, mandrake root, spring water, and one pint of the creator’s own blood.
www.d20srd.org /srd/monsters/homunculus.htm   (435 words)

 Urban Dictionary: Homunculus
A homunculus is a failed attempt to revive a dead person using the art of alchemy in the anime Full Metal Alchemist.
This causes the homunculus to expel the red stones which fuel them, and results in the body of the homunculus dissolving and/or weakening.
His followers believed that the homunculus was in the sperm, the father “planted his seed,” and the mother just incubated and nourished the homunculus so it grew into a baby.
www.urbandictionary.com /define.php?term=Homunculus   (735 words)

 Homunculus (Die Rache Des Homunkulus)
Homunculus is a significant Frankenstein-inspired movie, where a monster is created in the image of man and is both intellectually and morally proper.
Since he is stronger than most humans, he has little trouble establishing himself as a ruthless dictator of mankind.
Homunculus is the longest film of this type yet, running 401 minutes in 6 parts.
www.umich.edu /~umfandsf/film/films/homunculus.html   (85 words)

 matthewstamand.com / HOMUNCULUS / What is HOMUNCULUS?
Called a 'homunculus,' this creature stood no more than 12 inches tall and does the work usually associated with a golem.
However, after a short time, the homunculus was known to turn on it's creator and run away.
These are the ravings of a desert-maddened wanderer grown lunatic on locusts and honey, crazed by these voices that refused to be silenced.
matthewstamand.com /supplemental/whatis.htm   (499 words)

Of particular interest to the present study is the fact that representations of the fingers and the hands in both the somatosensory cortex and the motor cortex are much richer than those of the wrists, elbows and shoulders.
In summary, both neurophysiological studies (the homunculus model) and Fitts’ law studies suggest that use of the small muscle groups (fingers and thumbs) should result in better performance than the large muscle groups (arm and shoulder).
On the basis of neurophysiological findings (the homunculus model) and Fitts' law studies, researchers have hypothesised that computer input devices that are manipulated by fingers (the small muscle groups) should have performance advantages over devices that are operated by the wrist and/or elbow and/or shoulder (the large muscle groups) [2].
vered.rose.toronto.edu /people/shumin_dir/papers/CHI96/sz_txt.html   (5661 words)

 The Unconscious Homunculus
The homunculus is usually thought of as a "little man inside the head," who perceives the world through the senses, thinks, and plans and executes voluntary actions.
What becomes conscious then is a representation of some of the activities of the unconscious homunculus in the form of various kinds of imagery and spoken and unspoken speech.
What remains is the sobering realization that our subjective world of qualia---what distinguishes us from zombies and fills our life with color, music, smells, and other vivid sensations---is probably caused by the activity of a small fraction of all the neurons in the brain, located strategically between the outer and the inner worlds.
www.klab.caltech.edu /~koch/unconscious-homunculus.html   (4388 words)

 D20 Modern Roleplaying Game - Urban Arcana Excerpt!
A homunculus is a miniature, disposable servant created by a Techno Mage to serve as his eyes and ears elsewhere.
A biochemical homunculus is made using the Craft (pharmaceutical) skill and appears as a roughly humanoid wisp of vapor.
If a melded biochemical homunculus is taken more than 1 mile from its creator, it separates from the host creature as a move action and returns to its master with all due haste.
www.wizards.com /default.asp?x=d20modern/article/20030506c   (1425 words)

 Homunculus - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia
The Homunculus (pl.: homunculi [ebonic: homunculizzle])was a largely theoretical and proposterous creature which people invented in the early 14th century.
At that time, it was believed to be a tiny human being which lived inside sperms and grew into a large human being, i.e.
The average homunculus is 0.2-0.8 inches tall, weighing between 17 and 25 pounds.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Homunculus   (611 words)

 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for homunculus
A tiny man, especially the completed homunculus depicting the surface of the human body, with each part drawn in proportion to its representation in the somatosensory cortex (see illustration), or the somatosensory homunculus often used to depict the layout of the sensory projection...
A standard depiction of the primary somatosensory cortex of each cerebral hemisphere as a human figure lying supine along the postcentral gyrus immediately behind the central sulcus with its toes deep in the longitudinal fissure towards the midline of the brain (see...
homunculus The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology...
www.encyclopedia.com /SearchResults.aspx?Q=homunculus   (561 words)

 Fetiform Teratoma (Homunculus) - Health - RedOrbit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
The concept of a homunculus (Latin for ''little man,'' sometimes spelled ''homonculus'') is often used to illustrate the functioning of a system.
The creature was to have stood no more than 12 inches tall and did the work usually associated with a golem (in Jewish folklore, a golem [sometimes pronounced goilem] is an animated being crafted from inanimate material; the name appears to derive from the word gelem, which means ''raw material'').
Fetiform teratoma (homunculus) is a term that has been given to a rare form of teratoma that resembles a malformed fetus.
www.redorbit.com /news/health/696807/fetiform_teratoma_homunculus/index.html?source=r_health   (2206 words)

 Flanagan, What Shapes the Sensory Homunculus?
The sensory homunculus is the familiar textbook caricature of a human being spread out improbably over the surface of the brain.
How the sensory homunculus develops is not well understood, and previous work in this area had focused on the incoming neural connections.
It argued that densely innervated areas, including the lips and tongue, sent large cohorts of neurons into the brain, and that their intense activity enabled them to claim a large territory in cortical layer 4, which handles incoming sensory information.
cogweb.ucla.edu /Abstracts/Flanagan_00.html   (1033 words)

 OAFE - Hellboy: Roger the Homunculus review
He's a homunculus, but as the ill-fated B.P.R.D. agent Waller notes upon spotting the comatose Roger for the first time in Wake the Devil, Roger is really big for a homunculus.
The basic recipe for a homunculus consisted of a bag of bones, sperm, skin fragments and hair from any animal of which the homunculus would be a hybrid.
For centuries, the traditional understanding of a homunculus has been that it is small; it could be argued that its small stature was its defining characteristic.
www.oafe.net /poe/mez_hbc2r.php   (967 words)

 Lair of the Homunculus
The Lair of the Homunculus gem is one of the rare drop portal gems introduced during the Pillars Made of Sand event.
The Homunculus will lead us to our rightful place as the rulers of this world.
Homunculus: "a miniature adult that in the theory of preformation is held to inhabit the germ cell and to produce a mature individual merely by an increase in size." --Merriam Webster
www.thejackcat.com /AC/Hobbies/Quests/homunculus.htm   (1496 words)

 Exorcising the Homunculus: There's No One Behind the Curtain
The homunculus seems to be the ruler of the mind, the maker of choices, and the kernel of identity, but it is truly a useless hypothetical construct that explains nothing about the origin of our actions.
In order to banish the homunculus, we must find a way to reduce executive control functions to a collection of more simple psychological mechanisms.
The scientific exorcism of the homunculus continues, hoping to produce a clear view of how mere flesh can give rise to our most deliberate and considered actions.
www.secularhumanism.org /library/fi/noelle_21_2.html   (3054 words)

 Interview: Homunculus Finale - by Dan Dreifort - 9/14/2004
Schoen and Homunculus band-mate Kevin Shima for one last peek at the most marvelous mensch musicians to hit Athens in the past decade.
So yeah, this group of people, even when it's only 80, is VERY enthusiastic and into the "event" and it's been something that we as a band have appreciated in a major way over the years.
As a homunculus member, I really enjoy playing Casa and I was thrilled we were able to book our FINAL ATHENS show there.
www.athensmusician.net /archive/2004-09-14_homunc.php   (2309 words)

 c-realm [.comix]
homunculus (from Latin, 'little man'_, a miniature adult held to inhabit the brain (or some other organ) who perceives all the inputs to the sense organs and initiates all the commands to the muscles.
Any theory that posits such an internal agent risks an infinite regress (sometimes called the homunculus fallacy), since we can ask whether there is a little man in the little man's head, responsible for his perception and action, and so on.
It is never an easy matter to determine whether a theory is committed to the existence of a homunculus that vitiates the theory, and in some circumstances, homunculi can be legitimately posited at intermediate levels of theory: "Homunculi are bogeymen only if they duplicate entire the talents they are rung in to explain.
www.c-realm.com /comix/homunculus_cdp.cgi   (288 words)

 What Does Your "Homunculus" Look Like?
Human skin possesses several different sense receptors that can be differentiated from one another when a cross-section of skin is placed under the microscope.
The "picture" of the body on the brain is called the "homunculus" ("little person").
Draw a proportional picture of the homunculus on graph paper.
www.woodrow.org /teachers/bi/1991/homunculus.html   (838 words)

 Homunculus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
This 6-part silent German serial, the most popular of the WWI period, tells of an artificial man created by a scientist (Kuhne) who wants to make a perfect creature of pure reason.
But the result, Homunculus (the Danish actor Fonss), resents the fact that he is not a real human being (and has no soul); after being driven from country to country he becomes the dictator of a large, unnamed nation and plans to conquer the world, being finally destroyed by a convenient bolt of lightning.
Homunculus contains seminal themes of the Gothic variety, foreshadowing many sf/horror films: the archetypal mad scientist, the inherent evil of technology and scientific progress, superhuman androids, conquest of the world and a fiery, apocalyptic climax.
www.csie.ntu.edu.tw /~ntucs82/PEOPLE/b2506017/sf/5m.html   (130 words)

 Mapping the Homunculus
The sensory homunculus in humans has a very large face, tongue and fingertips, therefore the student drawings will have large faces, tongues and fingertips.
After all calculations are made, the students should use the reciprocals as estimates to predict the relative size of the body part representations and to draw the homunculus.
The smaller the distance of the two-point discrimination, the larger the reciprocal and thus the larger the body part on the homunculus will be.
www.accessexcellence.org /AE/AEC/AEF/1994/walker_mapping.html   (1968 words)

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