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wave-interference patterns

in holographic photography, patterns created by light waves that converge from different angles: These can be recorded on film and projected into space to create a three-dimensional image. The phenomenon has been invoked as an analogy for the ability of the mind to store spatial information and to reconstruct a three-dimensional image by recall processes.

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June 18th 2024

illegitimacy

illegitimacy

n.

1. the status of a child whose parents were unmarried at the time of birth. In Western societies, the term has fallen into virtual disuse with changing family structures (e.g., cohabiting but unmarried parents, single mothers by choice), the fading of the stigma formerly attached to illegitimacy, and the disappearance of most legal distinctions between legitimate and illegitimate children.

2. the state of being unlawful, improper, or contrary to reason and logic. —illegitimate adj.