Imagination As a way of knowing

  • Lucas Melanson
  • Melonie & Nina
  • March
  • Wok Badge: Imagination

Preface to this project:

This project took two attempts to pass. one could say that the first attempt was a failure and a waste of time. It is true that the first try was a failure, but it was not a waste of time because of what we learned from it. In the end, I feel that I learned not just more about imagination from this redo, but also more about giving an effective presentation.

Project works and outcomes:

As previously noted, the first presentation didn't pass. This was because of many aspects that I will reflect on here. First was the too broad range of examples. for our first presentation, we had many examples such as the mantis shrimp and mary's room. these would have been OK if there were used in a longer presentation or an essay, but were out of the scope of this presentation. The second downfall was the nature of the presentation. Since we wanted to have a little bit of fun when we were making the presentation, we included a healthy amount of memes. This would have been ok in a more informal setting, but ultimately was counter to what we were trying to achieve in our presentation. The third problem with our first try was that our knowledge claim was hard to prove, and then during the discussion Keely went ahead and claimed that she could imagine a new color.

The second try:

This is the revised outline that we put together to bring together what we wanted to achieve in our presentation:

To what extent does imagination depend on experience/knowledge ?

Imagination helps us understand things we have not experienced, envisage alternative explanations and explore what is possible.

One example of this is the mantis shrimp

Unlike humans, mantis shrimp have 12 photoreceptors which allows them to see colors that humans can’t.

Our brains can not imagine a new color because we do not have the capability to think of one because we have never seen or taken in that color.

This shows how in this instance our imagination is limited to the knowledge we have

Therefore for certain aspects, imagination does depend on experience or knowledge, but that is not necessarily true for all cases

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