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Unformatted text preview: Imagination---The Reality of Our Mind Name: Poojan Patel Expository writing 10/16/11 Hilary Haakenson Imagination is one of the factors that affect our individual realities. Individual realities are those that we believe exists. These are perceived realities and may not necessarily true because our imagination can often fabricate our perception of reality. There is a profound difference between realities and illusions. Illusions are false images that the mind creates to trick us into thinking they are real. Our imagination is responsible for a lot of the illusions that we might perceive as real. In Juhani Pallasmaa’s, “The Eyes of The Skin: Architecture and the Senses,” it is said that the use of all the senses is important in the proper development of the mind. It is important that we do not let only one sense control our imagination because when one sense dominates our perception of reality is often skewed. In Martha Stout’s, “When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It Was Friday,” dissociation of the senses is a way in which we are able remember past events. The way in which we remember these events might skew our perception of reality because during dissociation our imagination plays a key role in developing our thoughts. In Azar Nafisi’s, “Selections From Reading Lolita in Tehran,” imagination and independent thinking can help us escape from oppressive reality because sometimes the only escape is inside. Individual realities let us perceive the difference between what exists and what does not exist. Imagination plays a very important role in all three texts because it provides an alternative for the characters to what actually exists. When we have control of our senses we are in control of our imagination. Both Stout and Pallasmaa have reason to support this way of thought. According to Pallasmaa, the utilization of all the senses is extremely important when we want a clear perception of the world. One of the ideas that Pallasmaa constantly argues against in his essay is that of ocularcentrism. Ocularcentrism is the idea that we live in a society where vision prevails over all the other senses. “The dominance of the eye and the suppression of the other senses tend to push us into detachment, isolation, and exteriority” (Pallasmaa, 286-7). The point that Pallasmaa is making here is that all the senses should be equal and we must utilize all of the senses to get a clear perception of the world. In this case, ocularcentrism acts as a wall and inhibits our imagination from fully developing. The other senses would play a backhand to vision when vision dominates because sometimes we only trust what we see. Pallasmaa believes that it is possible for one to knowingly or unknowingly remember things with the use of all their senses. Stout would agree with this and say that we may knowingly or unknowingly remember things when we dissociate the senses. “The memories I did have seemed like aberrations, like pinpoints of light in a dark room, so vague that you’re not really sure whether you’re seeing them or not” (Stout, 390)....
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