Welcome to the Junkyard

A post by Amy Kind.

Speaking at a session at the 2015 meeting of the Pacific Division APA, Noel Carroll referred to imagination as “the junkyard of the mind” – a place where everything gets thrown in.  Need something to explain our engagement with fiction?  Enter imagination.   What accounts for our ability to access modal truths?  Again, enter imagination.  Pretense.  Mindreading.  Empathy.  Thought experiments. Creativity.  Delusions.  Dreams.  Metaphors.  Sure, let’s throw all of those onto the imaginative scrap heap as well – a heap that seems to be getting higher and higher.

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