As Patrick Jennings remarks in
a world seen without imagination would be sadly plain and gray. Imagination can be fun.
It is fun when Patrick sees a reflection (of a dark building with a bright light) and imagines a dragon breathing fire.
It is fun when I see a decorative gourd and imagine a phallus going soft after sex.
It is fun to imagine being able to fly.
Both Patrick and I are adults who might enjoy imagining flight but would not jump off a balcony and try to fly. It is definitely not fun when a child (or a nominal adult with an assault rifle) acts on wild imaginings. How can wild imagination be tamed but not stifled?
While there seems to be no single simple answer, the methods of STEM do rather well. We soak imagination with other things, many of which have rhyming names: calculation; experimentation; observation; replication; validation; verification. Yes, it is hard work. We often get ourselves soaked, with perspiration.
Sometimes we get consternation, when we find that what we fondly imagine cannot happen.
Sometimes we get wings.
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