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That which has only an apparent existence; an apparition; a specter; a phantasm; a sprite; an airy spirit; an ideal image. Strange phantoms rising as the mists arise. (pope) She was a phantom of delight. (Wordsworth) Phantom ship. See flying dutchman, under Flying.

(Science: medicine) Phantom tumour, a swelling, especially of the abdomen, due to muscular spasm, accumulation of flatus, etc, simulating an actual tumour in appearance, but disappearing upon the administration of an anaesthetic.

Origin: OE. Fantome, fantosme, fantesme, OF. Fantome, fr. L. Phantasma, Gr, fr. To show. See Fancy, and cf. Phaeton, Phantasm, Phase.

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Listening to Neuroscientists

... I just watched this lecture by Ramachandran, where he relates neurological concepts (e.g. mirror neurons) to conditions such as capgras delusion , phantom limb , apotemnophilia , and synesthesia . You can watch it on that webpage, or you can download it. The latter will make rewinding easier. To ...

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by wildfunguy
Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:50 pm
Forum: Biology Movies
Topic: Listening to Neuroscientists
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Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

... peppermint oil capsules, various laxatives, I cut out gluten and milk for a few weeks etc.... none of which have made an ounce of difference to my phantom pregnancy (I look around 4 months pregnant). I have that same, hard, round basketballish distension that others describe. Subsequently, I have ...

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by Girl18
Sun Dec 28, 2008 10:58 pm
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Topic: Stomach bloating and weight gain
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Re: Bible vs Darwin

... scientist are necessarily opposed to the idea of "intelligent design" as long as it includes or is defined as: something that we can't phantom. Something more plausible than "god"- more like an entire extraterrestrial civilization who's odds of contemporaneous existence is ...

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by viloloco5
Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:19 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Bible vs Darwin
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Heart & Emotions

maybe it's related to the phantom limb thing, it's all in your mind!

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by mith
Thu Oct 04, 2007 4:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heart & Emotions
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Oneism part 3

... seeing a cord or thread connecting them to their physical bodies. People who have lost a digit or limb say it feels that it is still there, a phantom. The TLFs that resided in all the cells of that limb, being part of the collective human may stay fixed in the space the limb took for a while ...

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by tlf
Sun Feb 26, 2006 3:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oneism, A philosophy by David Croston. In three parts
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