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Imaginative Minds$
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Ilona Roth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264195

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264195.001.0001

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Specialized Inference Engines as Precursors of Creative Imagination?

Specialized Inference Engines as Precursors of Creative Imagination?

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(p.239) 11 Specialized Inference Engines as Precursors of Creative Imagination?
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Imaginative Minds
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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264195.003.0011

The human imagination is often thought of as creativity and originality. It is often considered in terms of its high-end, creative products such as religion, arts, and literature. However, the human imagination does not solely produce flights of creative fancy. It is also involved in the production of highly stable and fairly predictable representations of possible situations. This chapter discusses the humble imaginations of the human mind which are generally automatic and largely unconscious, yet are crucial to the formation of representations of what is to happen. This imagination is the construction of ‘what if’ which aids in the prediction of possible outcomes. The focus of this chapter is on specialized inference engines which are believed to be vehicles of creative imagination. Examples are provided in this chapter to illustrate the specialized ‘what if’ inferential systems of the human mind.

Keywords:   predictable representations, possible situations, what if, prediction, specialized inference engines, inferential systems

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