Materialization

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Materialization is the name of several things:

  • Materialization (parapsychology), a concept, in parapsychology, is the creation or appearance of matter from unknown sources
  • In science fiction, materialization is an action associated with several plot devices involving energy to matter conversion such as:
    • teleportation (in which two theorized stages are de-materialization and re-materialization), or
    • Star Trek's replicators, said to able to materialize food etc., or
    • the holodeck from the same series, which can even materialize a fantasy partner.
  • In computing, it is sometimes used as a synonym for instantiation, which itself has several concrete meanings.
  • The process of becoming more materialist.
  • The process of creating an embodiment of an idea, for example creating a prototype.