Freud thought a feeling of the uncanny was produced in people whenever they were confronted with something that seemed not-quite-human, e.g. clowns or androids.

Un*can"ny (?), a.

Not canny; unsafe; strange; weird; ghostly.

Sir W. Scott. -- Un*can"ni*ness, n.

G. Eliot.

 

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