Celebrating the Imagination

Issue 1 May 2014

The Gist of Arvon

Is the Imagination a formative force, universally inclusive, whose failure to grasp it’s guiding and unfolding in the lives and ventures of every individual, and their society, and above all their education, amounts to a serious ‘missing of the mark’?

Mythic Imagination

Exploring the connection between memory, archetypal imagery and imagination, Jules Cashford suggests that we cannot simply ‘remember’ archetypal images in the way we remember a personal event in our past, but we can approach them only as symbols for which we need Imagination.

Secret Fire

This article is a personal tribute to John Moat, where Patrick Harpur discusses, among others things, the transforming power of imagination in alchemy and ‘seeing’ the world through myth… “To see with the eye alone is to see the world as it appears; to see through the eye is to see the world as it is.”

The Magic of Metaphor: What Children’s Minds Teach Us about the Evolution of the Imagination

Metaphorical thinking — our instinct not just for describing but for comprehending one thing in terms of another, for equating I with an other — shapes our view of the world and is essential to how we communicate, learn, discover and invent. Brain Pickings founder and author, Maria Popova, discusses how children have an instinctive metaphor-making ability.

How Intuition and the Imagination Fuel “Rational” Scientific Discovery and Creativity: A 1957 Guide

Originally published in ‘Brain Pickings’, the brain child of Maria Popova, an interestingness hunter-gatherer and curious mind at large, this forms the second part of her article on W.I.B Beveridge’s ‘The Art of Scientific Investigation’ in which she examines his ideas on the role of intuition and the imagination.

Imagination and Art

An artist with a deep sense of working with the ‘poetic imagination, Helen Garrett discusses her work and the ‘conversation’ she has with her work during its creation. She asks “do these expressions of creativity come from the imagination or is the imagination a portal that opens this space and allows the conversation to occur?”

Spirit Stories #46

Spirit Stories

A ‘visual’ article from artist and storyteller, Jessica Hines, in which she uses the camera’s inherent quality as a recording device to explore illusion and to suggest truths that underlie the visible world. At the core of her work lies an inquisitive nature inspired by personal memory, experience and the unconscious mind.

Sound Work 01

Sound Work 1 is a collaboration between Paul Schütze and Andrew Hulme of O Yuki Conjugate. It is the first in a series of releases documenting their ongoing sound design for film and installation works. This was created for one part of the Red Riding trilogy, a television adaptation of David Peace’s neo-noir thriller quartet.

How do Brains Imagine?

Cognitive scientists hypothesize that our ability to imagine is the result of something called a “mental workplace,” a neural network that coordinates activity across multiple regions of the brain.

Discussing his latest research, neuroscientist Alex Schlegel explores this in its relation to consciousness and the future of ‘fathoming the mind’.