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Where does reality end and imagination begin?

  1. Apr 9, 2004 #1
    Its has occured to me for some time that there is a fine line between imagination and reality...i think the mistake people always make is with the need to classify an experience as either being an hallucination/aborition or something wholey real. Surely what we percieve as reality (whether sober or high as kite) is a subtle blend of the two?
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  3. Apr 10, 2004 #2
    Does there have to be any line at all? Just about anything in imagination can be reflected in reality. So long as you imagine it so. Couldn't you imagine something in reality? So imagination seems to be how we see reality, thus destroying the line.
  4. Apr 10, 2004 #3
    Your probably right not so much of a line as a blur, the only way you can be sure something is real i suppose is if someone else experiences the same thing, even then that 'other person' could just be a figment of your imagination..oh hang on not really sure i want to go down this round :eek:
  5. Apr 10, 2004 #4
    They are inaccurate reflections.Imagination takes reality and adds non realistic things to it. For example, "eating" a wormhole is a figment of imagination. It could "eat" you, but you can't "eat" it.
    Or goblins and the sort are figments of imagination.
    There is a very fine line between imagination and reality. :cool:
  6. Apr 11, 2004 #5
    There is no clear dividing line because the two are not divided from each other. Reality supplies the raw materials to the imagination; the imagination combines things experienced in reality in new ways, some of which exist outside of it and some of which do not. But things born in imagination can become reality (for example, inventions).

    Of course, if there were not this connection between reality and imagination, then imagination would be worse than useless; it would be actually detract from our ability to live and operate in the world.
  7. Apr 18, 2004 #6
    what if past imagination creates reality?

    AND THEN, todays reality plus a little imagination creates the future reality, etc etc

    if reality is manifest energy, do we need imagination to direct the energy??

    love and peace,
  8. Apr 18, 2004 #7
    If we have to project peace and joy to live it, and have it endure into the future; then what seeds are we, as a species sowing, on the grand scale of earthly affairs? This would be a clear case of virtue being its own reward. Do unto the future, as you would have it be. We all want such different prizes in our little lunch sacks!
  9. May 25, 2004 #8
    Every time I wake up in the evening. :eek:
  10. May 30, 2004 #9
    Imagination is a part of reality, there is no line between the two. Together they describe a continuum we call existence.

    "Once I dreamed I was a butterfly, or am I really a butterfly dreaming I am a man?"
    Chuang Tzu
  11. May 30, 2004 #10


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    When you perceive reality, you subconciously alter your perceptions. You enhance those sensations to make them more immediately useful to your rational mind. You are not really observing reality, not quite. When you imagine things, those mental images are really extant in your mind; they are real.

  12. May 30, 2004 #11
    Reality ends when the fifth is opened, and not a moment before.
  13. May 31, 2004 #12
    c'mon, you can't just open it! if you're going to drink, DRINK!

    it do release the imagination tho, WOW!

    we still need imagination to give us a view of a potential future that creates the desire for that future. the desire in turn creates action to fulfill that future.

    imagination is the mother of creation. creation of reality!

    olde drunk
  14. May 31, 2004 #13


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    this can be humanity's greatest achievement, or greatest downfall. imagination is one of the most wonderful assets we have, and because it can help form our reality, it is essential to use it responsibly :smile:

    njorl, once again you have a way with words. :approve:
  15. Jun 5, 2004 #14
    What is reality, if not the by-product of that which has been imagined? Even before we were born, weren't we but a passing notion within our parents' minds?
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