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Imagination---The Reality of Our Mind Name: Poojan Patel Expository writing 10/16/11 Hilary Haakenson There is a profound difference between realities and illusions. Imagination is one of the factors that affect our individual realities. Individual realities are those that we believe exist. These are perceived realities and are not necessarily true. Our imagination can often fabricate our perception of reality, proving these perceived realities false. 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 just one sense control our imagination. 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
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in which we are able remember past events. During dissociation our imagination plays a key role in developing our thoughts and the way in which we remember these events has the ability to skew our perception of reality. In Azar Nafisi’s, “Selections From Reading Lolita in Tehran,” imagination and independent thinking can help us escape from an oppressive reality because sometimes the only escape is inside. Imagination often provides an alternative to what actually exists. Our imagination can create illusions that draw us into alternate realities in which we can find an escape from the unattractive realities that surround us. When our imagination takes over our senses, we can see an alternative to what actually exists. In this situation, it is not very difficult for illusions to sway our imagination into thinking differently. According to Pallasmaa, the utilization of all the senses is extremely important when we want a clear perception of the world. In his essay, Pallasmaa challenges ocularcentrism, 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 utilized equally 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 we are prone to only trust what we see. Pallasmaa believes that it is possible for one to knowingly or unknowingly remember things with
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