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Some Cliches Are At Least True. This One Isn't [Dec. 2nd, 2011|01:38 pm]
Tony Grist
I hate that phrase "beyond imagination" (David Attenborough just used it in a trailer for his series about the wildlife of the poles.) Nothing is beyond imagination. I can imagine anything that exists and an infinite number of things that don't. You name it and I'll imagine it. 
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2011-12-02 01:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, but think how many people you know of very limited imagination.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-12-02 02:03 pm (UTC)
I suppose... but we're talking about imagination in the abstract here, not about particular individuals.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2011-12-02 07:51 pm (UTC)
The physicists tell us that there may be 11 dimensions: I do find that quite hard to imagine.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-12-02 07:58 pm (UTC)
I thought someone might mention that...

I dunno, I can imagine 11 dimensions in the sense that I'm willing to entertain the idea. Does imagination have to include understanding?
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2011-12-02 08:09 pm (UTC)
I can entertain the idea, but I can neither do the maths necessary to understand it intellectually, nor picture it in my mind. I suppose it depends what you want to include in "imagination".

Alternatively, could we say that the fact that you can't imagine something beyond your imagination is itself a limit on your imagination? A kind of inversion of Anselm's proof for the existence of God?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-12-03 08:05 am (UTC)
I picture it as an eleven tiered wedding cake- or a complex arrangement in perspex.

Things I can't imagine in their actuality I can imagine through symbols and metaphors.
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[User Picture]From: setsuled
2011-12-02 08:03 pm (UTC)
Something I really loved about the Comic-Con exclusive trailer for Mirrormask Dave McKean put together, its title cards between footage said something like, "In a world . . . not beyond your imagination . . . because we think you're pretty clever." I think we'd see the cliche a lot less if filmmakers were given more control over the trailers for their films. The actual Mirrormask trailers were nowhere near as good.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-12-03 08:07 am (UTC)
I like that.

If someone has invented a world and put it up on the screen it's obviously not beyond the imagination.
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[User Picture]From: chiller
2011-12-02 10:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but have you SEEN Frozen Planet? Because damn.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-12-03 08:09 am (UTC)
'Fraid not. Wild life programmes are one of my blind spots-
though I'll devour anything about dinosaurs. Go figure....
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