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Is There Really Something Which Might Be Called a 'Self-Demonstrating Picture' : Even Within Scientific Imagery? Some Observations on a Double Illusion of Communication

Weimarck, Torsten LU (2012) The Image in Science: Infrequently Asked Questions. Responses of the humanities to visualism in science. In Ideas in History. Journal of the Nordic Society in the History of Ideas Vol. 5(No. 1-2, 2010/11). p.71-87
Abstract
I will propose some ideas about such pictures claiming to be self-demonstrating or selfillustrating, mostly using some classical anatomy illustrations. Based on these you may say that the anatomy seems to create a remarkable, realistic pictorial code, which casts together in one single, selfdemonstrating shape, an object of knowledge with the properties of the natural object itself. This is the paradox of the self-demonstrating picture’s double illusion of communication: on the one hand it seems to be a picture of the natural appearance of the object, but on the other it is, in fact, simultaneously a depiction of a cognitive concept, a visual name of this object. It is a conditional and man-made classification, which is embodied into the... (More)
I will propose some ideas about such pictures claiming to be self-demonstrating or selfillustrating, mostly using some classical anatomy illustrations. Based on these you may say that the anatomy seems to create a remarkable, realistic pictorial code, which casts together in one single, selfdemonstrating shape, an object of knowledge with the properties of the natural object itself. This is the paradox of the self-demonstrating picture’s double illusion of communication: on the one hand it seems to be a picture of the natural appearance of the object, but on the other it is, in fact, simultaneously a depiction of a cognitive concept, a visual name of this object. It is a conditional and man-made classification, which is embodied into the body itself. (Less)
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scientific images, anatomy, picture theory, self-demonstrating pictures
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Ideas in History. Journal of the Nordic Society in the History of Ideas
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Dorfman, Ben and
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Vol. 5
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No. 1-2, 2010/11
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17 pages
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Museum Tusculanum Press
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The Image in Science: Infrequently Asked Questions. Responses of the humanities to visualism in science.
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1890-1832
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English
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  abstract     = {I will propose some ideas about such pictures claiming to be self-demonstrating or selfillustrating, mostly using some classical anatomy illustrations. Based on these you may say that the anatomy seems to create a remarkable, realistic pictorial code, which casts together in one single, selfdemonstrating shape, an object of knowledge with the properties of the natural object itself. This is the paradox of the self-demonstrating picture’s double illusion of communication: on the one hand it seems to be a picture of the natural appearance of the object, but on the other it is, in fact, simultaneously a depiction of a cognitive concept, a visual name of this object. It is a conditional and man-made classification, which is embodied into the body itself.},
  author       = {Weimarck, Torsten},
  booktitle    = {Ideas in History. Journal of the Nordic Society in the History of Ideas},
  editor       = {Dorfman, Ben},
  issn         = {1890-1832},
  keyword      = {scientific images,anatomy,picture theory,self-demonstrating pictures},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {No. 1-2, 2010/11},
  pages        = {71--87},
  publisher    = {Museum Tusculanum Press},
  title        = {Is There Really Something Which Might Be Called a 'Self-Demonstrating Picture' : Even Within Scientific Imagery? Some Observations on a Double Illusion of Communication},
  volume       = {Vol. 5},
  year         = {2012},
}