Seeing Possibility in Imagination

What is imagination? It is the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses, the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful. Imagination is the foundation of creativity and innovation, it is a way of seeing the world with awe and wonder.

Imagination is what makes our sensory experience meaningful, enabling us to interpret and make sense of it, whether from a conventional perspective or from a fresh, original, and individual one. It is what makes perception more than the mere physical stimulation of sense organs. It also produces mental imagery, visual and otherwise, which is what makes it possible for us to think outside the confines of our present perceptual reality, to consider memories of the past and possibilities for the future, and to weigh alternatives against one another.

Nothing we imagine is absolutely impossible, once we have the capability to form images in our mind, we can define the capabilities needed to bring these images to life—to enable them as technologies. Based on our experience of the world around us, our imagination constructs only images of possibility. If something seems impossible, it may also be unimaginable.

Imagination makes possible all our thinking about what is, what has been, and, perhaps most important, what might be. Challenge your imagination, using your imagination isn't just about seeing objects in new ways, but seeing the world and yourself in new ways.


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