Invented Species – Creatures of The Fancy or The Imagination?

Posted: January 15, 2020 in Uncategorized

Primary Imagination :– It is the faculty by which we perceive the world around us. It is merely the power of receiving impressions of the external through our senses. It perceives objects both in their parts and as a whole. It is an involuntary act of the mind. The human mind receives impressions and sensation from the outside world, unconsciously and involuntarily it imposes some sort of order on those impressions, reduces them to size and shape, so that the mind is able to form a clear image of the outside world.

Secondary Imagination :– The primary imagination is universal and possessed by all. The secondary imagination makes artistic creation possible. It requires an effort of the will and conscious effort. It works upon what is perceived by the primary imagination ; it’s raw materials are the sensations and impressions supplied to it by the primary imagination. It selects and orders the raw materials and reshapes and remodels it into objects of beauty. It is ‘ensemplastic’ , and it ‘dissolves, diffuses and dissipates, in order to create.’

Fancy :– Imagination and fancy differ in kind and nature. Whereas, imagination is creative, fancy, which is common possession of man, is not creative. It is a mechanical process which receives the elementary images which come to it ready made and without altering these, fancy reassembles them into a different order from that in which it was received. It only combined what it perceives into beautiful shapes, but does not fuse or unify.

From time to time, sandwiched between the more comprehensive real articles, brief fictional descriptions will find their way into scientific journals. The motivation for doing so varies, but it’s usually with humorous intent. The problem that scientific journals face in publishing such entries is their scientific nature — that is, their responsibility to publish only articles that make verifiable claims about the natural world. Because the journals expect this of their authors, readers expect the same of the journal and rely on the belief that every article will meet general scientific standards. Unless directly obvious, fantastical works not based on scientific methods can quickly and often irreparably damage the reputation of a journal.

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