Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas and # 26 Imagination

Christmas has pretty much been and gone - nice meal at The Prince Stoke Newington and then a bit of telly watching and opening of presents (see here).
Christmas of course a mixture of many festivals but it does make some think f religion and one guy who I think has a similar view (in some respects) to me is Don Cupitt
Don has done some work around religion and who speaks here about Jesus (don't worry I've not turned into some sort of tambourine shaking sandal wearer) who for me could have been a practical 'philosopher' and who after his death had his history re-written Don makes good points here about what he says as  opposed to the myths that came later (my interpretation).

And back to big Ideas, today it's number 26 Imagination.

Crofton notes that Imagination is inextricably linked with the twin pillars of Memory and Creativity.It appears that imagination sets us apart from the other creatures in the animal kingdom. Art is a product of imagination being a manifestation of the imagination. Romantics in the early 19th Century (people like Worsworth and Coleridge) were big fans of Imagination.
Imagination is important in our formative years and it used by children to help them understand position themselves - this podcast (from Philosophy bites series) with Alison Gopnik on the subject is illuminating.
Various parts of the brain are involved with the imagination depending on the context these include the occipital cortex (visual cortex) which is used in creating works of visual art but ascribing particular physical locations of the brain to imagination can be difficult as the imagination can be differently interpreted .The value though of knowing an area of the brain that is associated with visual creativity might be considered limited and analogous to the knowledge we gather about imagination in knowing the physical location of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.