Imagine the World Without Imagination

“Didn’t we stop going to the Moon because it had become boring?”

Its curious how the human mind thinks, constantly fascinated by the fantastical, new, or mysterious. However, as we get older we are taught to become more methodical and calculated instead of following our natural tendencies to be curious by things that seem surreal. This is a necessary part of life to make sure that the world functions; after all, we have to go to school, get jobs, make money, and pay taxes. Yet there is still an inkling of interest in the fantastical and every once in a while, something believed to be impossible is proven to be true.

Scientists live in this niche. Scientist’s well being rest on the fact that people secretly want to believe in something ridiculous and scientists are needed to prove this. If it weren’t for scientists then nothing that seems challenging would ever be solved and therefore there would be no room for optimism that there is something bigger out in the world.

This fascination stems from a combination of this curiosity and a little bit of human optimism. I believe by human nature, we all like to have faith that the unlikely is possible even if there is evidence to support that the idea is completely impossible. This sense that anything is possible is why dragons and wizards appeal to us: they stimulate the optimistic imagination of people. When all is said and done, the only reasons human beings do anything is because some emotion is being stimulated; this is why we watch love or funny movies, or why we go to haunted houses or play sports. All of this is because people love when an emotion is “tickled” within the human mind; when we look at the fantastical, our optimism and imagination is enamored and it fulfills this emotional need.

“Imagination is everything. It is a preview of life’s coming attractions”-Albert Einstein

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2 years ago
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I agree with you. I think humans like to believe that there is more than meets the eye. Life would be really boring and unnerving if it all just boiled down to cold hard facts. Sometimes it's nice to get away from reality.

2 years ago
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ah, yes the idea of "imagination" is one that crosses the fantasy world and the science world...but fantasy is allowed to be much more free-wheeling in how it proceeds. What you point to in terms of the constraints of the everyday world is somewhere in the mix of trying to figure out this relationship about fantasy/fact in popular culture...but I know there is a lot of feeling on the part of scientists about the emotional thrill of the "wonders of science", but it doesn't quite seem that the dragons and wizards is what Einstein is referring to, although it is certainly true that "imagination" is connected to both. It is tricky for me!

2 years ago
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I agree with this completely. Books were written about space travel long before we had the technology to do so. There seems to be a basic part of the human that needs to believe at least a little bit in that which is not yet possible.