from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or characterized by automatism
- n. One who performs automatic writing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who makes automata.
- n. One who believes that animals (sometimes including man) are automata.
- n. Specifically, in psychology, the subject of automatism; one who writes, etc., automatically.
English psychologists call an automatist, which is to say, a person who appears at times to lend her organism to beings imperceptible to our senses, in order to enable them to manifest themselves to us.
Keith Newstead is an "automatist" who makes the most amazing kinetic mechanical sculptures.
With cultivated "automatist" spontaneity, he worked on raw canvas, copper, and the recently invented Masonite; employed gross materials, including sand and tar; made thoroughly abstract pictures; and hatched funky varieties of collage and assemblage, whose influence would extend to Robert Rauschenberg.
Don Imus was not the blind instrument of his superiors, even assuming that automatist young law professors might be (and might be forgiven for being so, a debatable proposition cf. E.g. Kyle.)
Willett was the automatist, Lord Gerald Balfour the investigator.
A medium suggests a go-between; automatist points to the involuntary side of the phenomenon; sensitive, to having a well-poised receptivity.
Words or phrases are singled out that mean something special to the one claiming to communicate through the automatist.
None of this highly specialized material was known to Mrs. Willett the automatist or to anyone else involved in this experiment.
Music video running should be like painting if you're in the New York School and it's 1947: do it for the thing itself, let the purity of the activity serve as and automatist message which many will contemplate but few will have the erudition to really dig.
Where are the five-digit groups coming from which the Reverend Dr. Paul de la Nuit, chaplain and staff automatist, has been writing for weeks now, and which, it is felt ominously, no one up in London quite knows how to decrypt?
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