Is it just your Imagination? Marwan Al-Edrus

Marwan Al-Edrus

Group Members

  • Jamie Brewton
  • Preeti Iyengar
  • Alex Liu

Date: cerca late February, early March

WOK: Imagination

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Table of Contents

  • Journal Entries
  • Reflection of Journal Entries
  • Presentation Link
  • Our Knowledge Question
  • Other Knowledge Questions
  • Supplementary Imagery
  • RLS and Elective Readings
  • Extension Proposals

Journal Entries

Imagination Reflection Day 1

I have chosen imagination because I consider myself a creative type. Creativity is intrinsically linked with Imagination, so it makes sense. To view imagination through this lens however has enlightened. For example, when reading the book, I came to realize how important imagination was to empathy, via the idea of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. I had never made the connection to empathy before.

Imagination Reflection Day 2

We have some far flung plans for our project now. Jamie and I have decided that our bold plan will be to work on making a horror film. On the safer side, if that weren’t to pan out, we will just use clips of already made horror films. We’re using horror films within the way of knowing imagination for a couple reasons. I realized today that when we watch a movie, we use a process of empathy and imagination in order to relate with the character or camera. I have not looked at empathy through this literal lens before, and that makes our project stronger conceptually.

Imagination Reflection Day 3:

Answering the Essential Question:

What is the Role of Imagination in Understanding Others?

At the heart of this question is how imagination connects to Empathy. To empathize with someone is to “put yourself in their shoes”. That essentially means we have to use our imagination to better understand the emotions and situations of others. This is different from sympathizing, which is merely an acknowledgement of the aforementioned emotions and situations. Empathy plays a vital role in understanding others, because being able to relate someone else’s situation back to oneself is a vital and useful skill in order to understand what could be foreign ideas. Not everybody is going to live and understand everybody else’s lives, and so by using empathy, one could bridge this divide and gather in the shared knowledge generating by empathizing with others. If we did not have empathy and imagination, it would be significantly harder to understand others, as we would not be able to imagine situations we had never gone through.

To explore this concept in our presentation, we used horror movies. Essentially, we use our imagination to empathize as the camera or character within the movie. Movies are a simulation of reality, and we are not part of the action intrinsic to the events of the movie. By using empathy, we can relate to the characters and feel something that didn’t directly happen to us.

Answering the Essential Question (post-Lecture):

What is the Role of Imagination in Understanding Others?

Imagination plays a significant role in understanding others.

At the heart of this question is how imagination connects to Empathy. To empathize with someone is to “put yourself in their shoes”. That essentially means we have to use our imagination to better understand the emotions and situations of others. This is different from sympathizing, which is merely an acknowledgement of the aforementioned emotions and situations. Empathy plays a vital role in understanding others, because being able to relate someone else’s situation back to oneself is a vital and useful skill in order to understand what could be foreign ideas. Not everybody is going to live and understand everybody else’s lives, and so by using empathy, one could bridge this divide and gather in the shared knowledge generating by empathizing with others. If we did not have empathy and imagination, it would be significantly harder to understand others, as we would not be able to imagine situations we had never gone through. Everyone generates knowledge in a different manner, as per how many ways a knower’s perspective can be shaped. To explore this concept in our presentation, we used horror movies. Essentially, we use our imagination to empathize as the camera or character within the movie. Movies are a simulation of reality, and we are not part of the action intrinsic to the events of the movie. By using this measure of empathy to understanding others, one can deduce that the movies that were most effective in inducing emotions in an audience, also did the best job in allowing the audience to empathize with the camera or characters in the movie. By using empathy, we can relate to the characters and feel something that didn’t directly happen to us, thereby making imagination our primary way of knowing in understanding others vis-á-vis empathy.

Reflection of Journal Entries

I liked this topic the most of all we've done. Jamie and I were both very enthusiastic for this presentation, but I also felt like this group had the least time of all we've done so far. I learned a lot in this unit, such as imagination's relation to empathy.

Presentation Link

Check Canvas

Our Knowledge Question

What is the role of imagination in understanding others?

Other Knowledge Questions

To what extent does imagination affect fear?

Supplementary Imagery

RLS and Elective Readings

Why Science needs Imagination and Beauty

This makes me think about a certain quote about science fiction. "Before the science we had today, we had science fiction". In order to make advancements in a field even like the sciences, you need some measure of imagination in order to innovate and invent. That seems like what this BBC article delves into. I agree with the author's thoughts on this topic. It makes me think my physics teacher would make about the relationship between music and physics, and how her best physics students were also quite creative as people. Imagination is a very good surrogate for experience, and people should not undervalue imagination's roles in acquiring knowledge via being a surrogate for experience

Extension Proposals

Imagination changes everything:

I am a visual learner, and there weren't any videos on imagination for the elective readings.

Credits:

Created with images by Unsplash - "hand silhouette shape" • My name is Randy - "Mistery Men" • Amanjeev - "Redrum" • fradellafra - "lost place horror abandoned building"

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