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At root the anxiety is: Who is the human here, and who the simulacrum?
In the service of authenticity, or at least the simulacrum thereof, what frank truths might someone in Jagger’s position share with us?
Based on Riordan’s poem simulacrum, Duncan Holmes, Wendy Collin Sorin and Casey Riordan Millard re-imagined and rearranged the 60-page poem into 120 artworks and an audio recording accompanied by a reading of the poem.
Westeros (and its neighboring countries and islands) remains permanently stuck in a simulacrum of medieval Eurasia.
All sorts of simulacrum and decoy realities now flourish.
ABC's venerable variety-show format gets good judges and talent for its opener, but Mike Myers' performance-art host, Tommy Maitland, adds nothing, Daniel Fienberg writes in his review: Tommy Maitland is a reasonable enough simulacrum of a human.
On one side of Twin Peaks: The Return is Dougie, a long-dormant simulacrum of Dale Cooper who is slowly regaining his personality.
From the refuse of war and scraps of charity, Sarat and her fellow survivors manufacture a grotesque simulacrum of normal life, but their efforts are constantly interrupted by fresh outrages.
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Did You Know?
It's not a figment of your imagination; there is a similarity between simulacrum and simulate. Both of those English words derive from simulare, a Latin verb meaning "to copy, represent, or feign." In its earliest English uses, simulacrum named something that provided an image or representation (as, for instance, a portrait, marble statue, or wax figure representing a person). Perhaps because a simulacrum, no matter how skillfully done, is not the real thing, the word gained an extended sense emphasizing the superficiality or insubstantiality of a thing.
Origin and Etymology of simulacrum
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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