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impossible figure

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(Psychology) a picture of an object that at first sight looks three-dimensional but cannot be a two-dimensional projection of a real three-dimensional object, for example a picture of a staircase that re-enters itself while appearing to ascend continuously. Also called: Escher figure
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| Bum Kardashian is the human |equivalent of an impossible object who can balance a glass of champagne on her bottom.
This sort of explanatory strategy is basic to psychological explanation in the behavioral sciences, but Braude argues that such an engram is an impossible object.
For Sedgwick, the gay child can appear to straight people only as the terrible outcome of bad parenting, and to gay people as the impossible object of retrospection, the loved and hated person whom one might have been.
"A knife without a blade, which is missing the handle": While preparing the International Surrealist Exhibition in 1946, Andre Breton contemplated this impossible object, described in an aphorism by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg.
In this article, we describe an impossible-geometry lesson where two high school classes in different Northern Nevada school districts (an integrated algebra/geometry/statistics class comprised mainly of freshmen and a tenth-grade geometry class) explore the concept of impossible geometry before creating their own impossible object. We provide lesson-implementation details, sample student work, and student response to the lesson.
114), Culler argues that the latter two prefer a 'monadic' to a 'dualistic' model of the text, as an impossible object integrating incompatible modes of functioning.
The ludic affinity between the representation of the Aleph in Borges's story and its biblical precursor, as well as the use of a narrative strategy which interrelates opposites, also suggest that Daneri's impossible object oscillates between presence and absence.
Julien Hubert Benhamdine Alice Nathalie Boutefeu Gilles Serge Riaboukine Emma Florence Loiret Caille Olga Delphine Rollin Olga's chignon (a bunlike hairdo) is that impossible object of indescribable attraction; the thing that gets in the way of us realizing that what we're really looking for, in life, in love, is already right under our noses.
In the case of the Song of Songs, the potential is particularly intense, leading us to union with God, who is the impossible object, but whose presence can be read through these signs.
Mosley's second novel, The Rainbearers, explores the nature of romantic obsession and the various ways that married couples manipulate each other, themes that will find fuller expression in such later novels as Impossible Object (1968) and Natalie Natalia (1971).
The principal nodes form around Bill (Dylan Baker), a psychiatrist with the prim, asymmetrical face of a fifth-generation Princeton man, who turns out to be his own most incurable case; Joy (Jane Adams), Bill's sister-in-law, a would-be songwriter perpetually adrift in Pre-Raphaelite sensitivity; and Allen (Philip Seymour Hoffman), one of Bill's patients, an abashed and sweaty computer drone, whose impossible object of desire happens to be Bill's other sister-in-law.
HALF MACGUFFIN, HALF HOLY GRAIL, the "impossible object" driving Jonathan Lethem's novel Chronic City (Doubleday, 2009) is a vase of transcendent attractiveness called a chaldron.