Is it just your imagination? alex Liu

Progress Journal

Elective reading:

For my elective readings, I read the BBC article, listened to J.K. Rowling's commencement address, and read Emily Dickinson's poem. Here, I will discuss the poem. Though I am generally not a fan of poetry, this poem was both simple and elegant for me. It has a nice rhyme scheme that complements it, but most importantly, touches on a key point for imagination. Though Dickinson "never saw a moor" and "never spoke with God," through her imagination she is certain of "how the heather looks" and "the spot as if the chart were given." The underlying meaning of this poem is that one does not have to perceive something in order to know it; imagination alone itself can suffice as a way of knowing. In fact, many of the things that we are know are because of our imagination, which I found fascinating, as I used to believe that everything we knew stemmed from our sense perception of the world.

Documentation:

Here are the results of our experiment (the first image is the ratings of the spookiness of the two clips in comparison, and the second is the fraction of people that thought either was spookier)

Extension:

I propose the inclusion of the following resource to the list of essential resources: the Ted Talk "Creativity and Imagination" by Gregg Fraley. This TED Talk gives great insight into the way of knowing imagination. It draws a connection between imagination and creativity, and creativity and innovation, so thus imagination plays a key role in innovation, demonstrating its importance in acquiring knowledge. This is a very interesting TED Talk that is highly tied to the WOK of imagination, so I believe that it should be on the list of essential resources.

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