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Imagination TOK

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Roshnit Bhumra

on 15 February 2014

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

―- Albert Einstein

What is imagination?

magination is the cognitive function of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.

Sometimes , It is a kind of mental picture of a future state of knowing to which we aspire.
A person can sometimes just imagine but sometimes he can also bring his imagination to reality
And this is why , imagination is a great tool for recreating and remodelling your world and life.

Imagination asks questions like , "what if...?" , "what will the world look like if..?" ,"what would happen if..?"
Imagination helps us conjure images or sensations that are unperceived.
Imagination is
fundamental to human’s understanding of the world because it shapes the trajectory of human
progress through new non-intuitive, highly imaginative perspectives from artists, authors,
scientists, and mathematicians. The process of imagination maybe unconcerned with the limits of
reality, but that is the quality that has sustained progress farther than many people of a different
era thought possible.
Because imagination helps humans understand the world around them in
new and surprising ways and it can neither be characterized by reasoning, emotion, language,
and perception, imagination has been included as a fifth way of knowing
But imagination is play of the mind.
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
― Albert Einstein
“Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.”
― Mark Twain
“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”
― Gloria Steinem
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.”
― Carl Sagan
Emotion and Imagination
The connection between imagination and emotion was made during a study that required a person to imagine a sensitive event, ultimately increasing emotion and anxiety within the imaginer.
Faith and Imagination
When faith shows the truth and wants to expand, imagination can supply the fuel. Imagination can help faith expand. Faith has seen the truth. Faith knows that this is the truth, that we have come this far. Faith feels the truth but faith does not have the inner capacity, the immediate capacity to expand it.
And then how does faith help imagination? When we imagine something, we may be wrong, we may be right. But when faith comes and enters into imagination, faith gives living breath to imagination.
Memory and Imagination
In order to create and imagine future events, a person needs to remember a previous event. Then, they need to take out bits and pieces from the specific details of the event before they can piece it all back together to form a new, imagined event. There’s even a name for this process – it’s called constructive episodic simulation.
The thing that has defined humanity since its existence is the ability to combine reasoning and imagination. This pairing drives us to define our universe and explore our surroundings. Reason shows us the boundaries of our knowledge and imagination convinces us to forge past those boundaries.
Galileo's reason told him there's no way to know about the planets position in the universe for certain without observing them and so his imagination brought him the telescope. Einstein's reason told him that he did not know for sure whether time and space were constant, and his imagination led him to the theory of relativity. Imagination and reason worked together to bring us every tool and every piece of information we know about the universe today.
The study of 96 healthy participants revealed that what we imagine hearing can alter what we actually see, and what we imagine seeing can affect what we actually hear, according to the finding published in the journal Current Biology.

The study sheds light on the mechanisms by which the brain is not able to distinguish between thought and reality in several psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.
The arts :
Imagination, through art and literature, is meant to reform the way in which
people understand the world, breaking the boundaries that many take for granted, and—through
a midst of anomalous narrative, experimental shapes, and floating ideas—grab people’s
attentions on matters previously unseen.
In mathematics, binary numbers, quantities expressed in base two, originated from the
Indian scholar Pingala around 5th to 2nd centuries, centuries before binary numbers found its
applications within the age of computers.
Creating theories as abstract as binary numbers before
any inkling of an application cannot be seen as an act solely based upon reasoning or perception;
pure theory is often times unreasonable and unperceived, appealing to one’s imagination rather than one’s practicality.
Scientists use imagination for everything in seeking knowledge.They take a mass of of data and imagine possible explanations as to why they the data that they received.
They imagine possible explanations as to how the world runs and then test world to see if their data matches their hypothesis.
The anomalies of quantum physics, string theory, M-theory, and
theory of relativity, cannot be solely based on reasoning, some imagination was invested in
coming up with the probabilities of such anomalies existing. Imagination in science as in math is
essential to the development of theories because it allows a scientist or mathematician to imagine
Imagination has its limitations, for although imagination can
extend and reform one’s concept of reality such as through artistic expression or revolutionary
science, it cannot confirm reality without the other ways of knowing.
If imagination is taken too seriously or too zealously, imagination can distort one’s sense of truth by causing him or her to believe that something he or she imagined was actually
If one believes that the
drug will harm him or her, according to the nocebo effect, he or she can potentially experience
very real symptoms based on solely their imagination. Imagination, through the nocebo effect,
does not only distort the patient’s reality, but it can further distort medical research and
experimental studies.
Is imagination actually more important than knowledge itself?

What is the role of imagination in producing knowledge about a real world?

Can imagination reveal truths that reality hides?

What is the role of the imagination in understanding others?
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