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The Imagination: The Power of Imagination (Part II)


The Imagination: The Power of Imagination
(Part II)

The death of personal imagination that was killed by the anonymous/strange imagination (the mass/superior imagination), as I had explained in the first part of my two articles, pushed us to revive our personal imagination. At the understanding stage, I tried to explain some powers of our imagination.

a). Images were the effective and communicable medium of communication

Communication was defined as the process to tell some messages succesfully from someone to the other. In this communication, interaction between the informer and receiver and its succesfulness depended on the kind of medium that was used. Messages from informer had the truth/knowledge/important information that might be received perfectly to avoid misunderstanding. Therefore, medium of communication was very important. We knew that language was the universal medium that inherent in communication. It was impossible to communicate without language. Language consisted of verbal and non-verbal (body language, imagery and imaginary, images, and so on).
Nowadays, verbal language as the primary medium of communication didn’t play its role perfectly. Non-verbal language changed its function well. For example, news paper/letter was changed by radio (audio medium), television (audio-visual medium), internet (audio-visual medium). Non-verbal language more effective and communicable because it was dominated by images and focused on “eye-catching”. If mass media used more and more images, the communication of messages (knowledges, opinions, perceptions, truths, etc) would be effective and communicable. In this case, we could resumed that images couldn't be prisoned by verbal language.

b). Imagination could accelerated the understanding process

Based on Kant’s theory on reproductive imagination, the experiences were caught from reality and built images in our mind. This images become some a-posteriors in our mind until the productive power of imagination created them to became knowledge. This process was called by representational process from some images into knowledge. So, the representational process needed an accelerator. Imagination contained it, thas was the reflective (interpretating) ability. This imagination’s ability was the accelerator for the representational process of knowing. If someone used and had the deep and strong reflective/interpretating ability, he/she understood anything fastly. Reality or objects might be seen as “imagoscription”: the objects that contained the transparency images.

c). The inventiveness power

The reproductive, productive, and reflective (interpretating) functions enabled imagination to collect, combine, relate, and unify much of images and concepts in the perfect unity. These functions played a role to accelerate the knowing and understanding process. But imagination, as the never-ending process, didn’t stop in these functions. There were too much images surrounded man. This images were different each other. In the reality, images built the plurality and complex states. This complex images had thousands of un-connected possibilities. But the imagination had the ability to unify this un-connected images, that was the inventiveness power. The inventiveness power enabled imagination to connect these complex images. For example, there were two different images in our mind: image of a horse and a man. This two different images could create a new image, centaurus. The inventiveness power, too, created some possibilities:
1. the inventiveness power accelerated the ability to differ all images and imagerial concepts on mind. Images and imagerial concepts would be differed consequently and constantly by imagination.
2. this inventiveness power didn’t just unify some un-connected images, but unified some un-connected worldviews.
3. this inventiveness power enabled man to enter new heuristic domain. Here, worldviews, methods, and imagination were unified in harmony relation. Beauty was unified with technic, quills with cables, and so on. In other words, this inventiveness power enabled imagination to unify science, art, and technology: three domain that was always divided before.

d. Constuctive, de-constructive, re-constructive

Imagination was always in the three continuing process above, without end. The constructive function was seen in its work to build/connect some images and resulted new understanding. By the de-constructive function, imagination could re-build/re-connect this understanding to result a more perfect understanding. And then, by re-construtive function, imagination could create a newer understanding that was resulted from the de-constructed images. This three continuing process posed imagination as the otoritative faculty/process.

These were some powers of imagination. I thought that if these powers were used fully, our personal images could be created. Man, personally, created the original images that shown his/her survival against the other’s images. Didn’t be the loser, but be the winner by your personal imagination.
Published: 2007-01-30
Author: agustinus hartono

About the author or the publisher
Male, not married, fresh graduated in philosophy.I'm very interested in writing articles or books about philosophy or politic. On march of 2007, I publish my first book tittled "Skizoanalisis:Sebuah Genealogi Hasrat".In this book,i claim that the history based on ratio had produced an unconsciousness abnormality.Therefore,I invite you to live your life based on your desire to live the real life.nowadays,all of us can say that it's a new era of


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