Rational Imagination by Ruth M. J. Byrne
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Rational Imagination
By Ruth M. J. Byrne

The Rational Imagination

How People Create Alternatives to Reality

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Rational Imagination by Ruth M. J. Byrne

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The human imagination remains one of the last uncharted terrains of the mind. This accessible and original monograph explores a central aspect of the imagination, the creation of counterfactual alternatives to reality, and claims that imaginative thoughts are guided by the same principles that underlie rational thoughts. Research has shown that rational thought is more imaginative than cognitive scientists had supposed; in The Rational Imagination, Ruth Byrne argues that imaginative thought is more rational than scientists have imagined. People often create alternatives to reality and imagine how events might have turned out "if only" something had been different. Byrne explores the "fault lines" of reality, the aspects of reality that are more readily changed in imaginative thoughts. She finds that our tendencies to imagine alternatives to actions, controllable events, socially unacceptable actions, causal and enabling relations, and events that come last in a temporal sequence provide clues to the cognitive processes upon which the counterfactual imagination depends. The explanation of these processes, Byrne argues, rests on the idea that imaginative thought and rational thought have much in common.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262524742
ISBN-10: 0262524740
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 268
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ruth M. J. Byrne

Professor Ruth M.J. Byrne is Vice Provost of Trinity College, Dublin University, Ireland.

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