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Automatism

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Automatism is the practice or theory of the spontaneous production of words (speech or writing), drawing, painting or other creative production, or behavior in general, without conscious self-control or self-censorship.

Mediumistic automatism, in which the speech, writing or behaviour produced is purported to be communicated from ghosts, spirits or the like, channeling through a psychic or medium

Surrealist automatism is an artistic technique of spontaneous writing, drawing, or the like practiced without conscious aesthetic or moral self-censorship.

In law, automatism is the state of acting involuntarily, as in sleepwalking. (Sleepwalking — Insanity or Automatism (http://www.murdoch.edu.au/elaw/issues/v3n1/ridgway.html))

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