Imagination as laboratory


  • Beverley Zabriskie


Abstract:  The theme, ‘Science and the Symbolic’, may be approached via either concept. From one side, we may track how imagination, fantasy, and even dreams have initiated scientific theory and lines of research. From the other, we may look to the mythopoeic musings of the human mind for themes of proto-science and/or proto-psychology, and attempt to discern if they follow a method which may be called scientific. Neuroscientists such as Edelman and Llinas honour imagination as the carrier of emergent properties, and depth psychoanalysts see it as a vector toward actualization. What mind imagines through what the alchemists termed ‘true imagination’ may eventually be realized through what brain and body may conceive and execute.