Category Archives: imagination

Goethe and Coleridge on Imagination

“What Goethe meant by this ‘inner necessity and truth’ is what his younger contemporary, the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, spoke of as ‘facts of mind.’ For both Goethe and Coleridge, the imagination was not merely a loosening of reason and a setting free of uncontrolled fantasy—as the Enlightenment regarded it—but a cognitive power that obeyed its own rules and disciplines.” — Gary Lachman, in Lost Knowledge of the Imagination

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RE: Worldbuilding – can sci-fi help build a better world? | Liturgical Credo

Sharp insights into “worldbuilding” (or what J.R.R. Tolkien called “subcreation”) with special reference to imagination and creativity, as well as the works of Tolkien, George Orwell, Ursula Le Guin, Issac Asimov, and others, originally from Damien G. Walter’s blog:

RE: Worldbuilding – can sci-fi help build a better world? | Liturgical Credo.

Imagination As Love

Read this outstanding reflection on imagination and image-creating, with special reference to the stories of Anton Chekhov: Imagination As Love.

Movies as insight into mass fears and desires

“[Gene] Siskel described his job as ‘covering the national dream beat,’ because if you pay attention to the movies they will tell you what people desire and fear. Movies are hardly ever about what they seem to be about. Look at a movie that a lot of people love, and you will find something profound, no matter how silly the film may be.” – Roger Ebert, from an enriching gallery on the Atlantic’s site

Engaging the content of their imaginations

If you can exercise authority over people by engaging the content of their imaginations, you will never have to make a rational argument.

(Imagination here means the images, emotions, and imaginative appropriations of beliefs. Not daydreams or fantasies, but the inner moral and spiritual imagination.)

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Ancient imagination: a fierce terracotta beast

Terracotta animal in Mesopotamian/Babylonian collection at the British Museum, Dec. 30, 2009

One of my favorite photos from my visits to the British Museum: A terracotta animal in Mesopotamian/Babylonian collection at the British Museum; photo taken on Dec. 30, 2009.

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Ancient imagination: The Lion of Knidos

Sadie & me in front of the Lion of Knidos, inside the British Museum, Dec. 30, 2009

Sadie & me in front of the Lion of Knidos, inside the British Museum, Dec. 30, 2009

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