Could imagination be a universe

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In summary, the conversation revolves around the concept of the expanding universe and the idea that there may be nothing on the other side because light has not reached there yet. The conversation also touches on the power of imagination and the ability to imagine what may exist beyond the universe. The participants discuss whether imagining something means it actually exists or is just a product of the mind's extrapolation.
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i was reading Einstein's dreams just now, and in it it states that light is the fastest thing, nothing can go faster. And so i thought about the expanding universe, a galaxy in particular; if there is an edge to the universe, this galaxy is there. So perhaps nothing is on the other side because light, and nothing else for that matter, has gotten there yet.

However, i can imagine what is there. If i knew much about the universe, i could imagine it nearly perfect even. So how does one explain the fact that faster than the speed of light, from earth, i have seen the other side of the universe where nothing exists.
 
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what?

you can't "see" nothing.
 
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<<<GUILLE>>> said:
you can't "see" nothing.

correct, but i can think about why or if it is there before light can arrive.
 
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oldunion said:
i was reading Einstein's dreams just now, and in it it states that light is the fastest thing, nothing can go faster. And so i thought about the expanding universe, a galaxy in particular; if there is an edge to the universe, this galaxy is there. So perhaps nothing is on the other side because light, and nothing else for that matter, has gotten there yet.

However, i can imagine what is there. If i knew much about the universe, i could imagine it nearly perfect even. So how does one explain the fact that faster than the speed of light, from earth, i have seen the other side of the universe where nothing exists.
You seem to be suggesting that, if you can imagine stuff on the other side of the universe, that means it's really there. Or am I misunderstadning?

I am currently imagining a colossal purple dragon, in whose mouth the entire universe sits. Does that mean it's really there?
 
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DaveC426913 said:
You seem to be suggesting that, if you can imagine stuff on the other side of the universe, that means it's really there. Or am I misunderstadning?

I am currently imagining a colossal purple dragon, in whose mouth the entire universe sits. Does that mean it's really there?

Youre imagining it arent you? I am not saying however many lightyears away there is a gargantuan dragon, but doesn't it show some type of advanced extrapolation on part of the mind to show that in your mind such a place exists?
 

Related to Could imagination be a universe

1. Could imagination actually be a universe?

This is a commonly asked question that has puzzled many scientists and philosophers. The concept of imagination being a universe raises many interesting questions about the nature of reality and perception. However, currently there is no scientific evidence to support that imagination is actually a universe. It is generally accepted that imagination is a cognitive process that allows us to create mental images or ideas.

2. How does imagination differ from reality?

Imagination and reality are two distinct concepts. Imagination is a product of our minds and is often seen as a creative and subjective process. It allows us to envision things that do not exist in the physical world. On the other hand, reality refers to the actual state of things and is based on tangible evidence and facts. While imagination can influence our perception of reality, it is important to distinguish between the two.

3. Can imagination influence the physical world?

Some studies have suggested that imagination can have an impact on our physical experiences. For example, visualization techniques have been used in sports psychology to improve performance. However, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that imagination has the power to create or alter the physical world. It is more likely that imagination can influence our thoughts and behaviors, which in turn can affect our experiences in the physical world.

4. Is imagination essential for scientific discovery?

Imagination plays an important role in scientific discovery. Many scientific breakthroughs have been made by scientists who used their imagination to think outside the box and come up with new ideas. Imagination allows us to explore possibilities and to make connections between seemingly unrelated concepts. However, scientific discoveries also require rigorous testing and evidence-based reasoning, so imagination alone is not enough.

5. How can we enhance our imagination?

There are several techniques that can help enhance our imagination, such as visualizing, brainstorming, and engaging in creative activities like art or writing. It is also important to have an open and curious mindset, and to expose ourselves to new experiences and ideas. However, it is important to note that everyone's imagination is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to enhancing it.

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