Is anything truly "Beyond imagination"?

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  1. Howard Williams

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    Is "beyond imagination" a bogus term? Is imagination limitless? I know there are things beyond my comprehension. I know there are things I have not imagined but I feel I am capable of imagining anything.
     
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    Possibly. But we'd never know. [​IMG]
     
  3. Ike

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    Hmmm....it could be a discussion of semantics. Yes, you can imagine anything, but can you imagine it somewhat correctly? Can you truly imagine the vastness of the universe? The start of everything? Infinity?
    (Excerpted from Conversations of A Stoner. [​IMG])
     
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    If the three dimensions are X, Y and Z - with the fourth dimension being time, can you possibly imagine the fifth or even sixth dimensions? Maybe you can, and maybe you are right - we can imagine anything. But we could be wrong...
     
  5. CharlesD

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    I can't imagine anything that is truly beyond imagination.
     
  6. Leila Dougan

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    I think we have great mental capacity, far greater than what we use. Is our imagination limitless? I can't imagine it isn't.. .ok ok, I know, bad joke [​IMG]
    Seriously, though, it seems like the chicken and the egg problem. Objects we make don't exist without someone imagining it yet its near impossible to imagine something without a hint it may be there in the first place.
    With nature, as far as the universe and life, all those "big important" questions we like to ask ourselves, obviously nobody knows the real answer. I think we can sit around and think of different dimensions, time travel, the meaning of life (42, eh?) but we could be really wrong. Unless there is something there to hint to us and point us into the general direction, our imagination will be limited to what we've already experienced.
     
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    If you try to imagine something and you black-out. You've tried to imagine an unimaginable thing[​IMG]
     
  9. RobertR

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    I agree with your post, Brian. It is utterly impossible for humans to imagine 10 spatial dimensions. Our brains simply aren't built for it. We can deal with that many dimensions mathematically, but we cannot imagine them spatially.

    I also do not think we can literally imagine "nothingness". Anything we try to conjure up in our minds would be self contradictory, since we would then have "something" there.
     
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    From Jim Heuson and Don Taylor, announcers in EA's NHL 2002:

    "That shot was so hard it's incomprehensible!", screams Jim.

    Don mutters back, "Huh? I don't understand."
     
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    Well, apparently every new Sci-fi film being marketed today is beyond your imagination, if you believe the tag lines.
     
  14. Leila Dougan

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    Shane, you've got that right! However, if the movie has been made, it appearently wasn't beyond the imagination of the writers, directors, actors, producers, etc. Its quite presumptious of them to assume that all the people who made the movie have bigger imaginations than us "commoners". [​IMG]
     
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    Robert, you know how Julie is. Ignore that sort of flamebait! [​IMG]
    The thing I've always pondered is if we even know the proper questions to ask when trying to comprehend the Universe? Think of the possibilities with a mind that is much more evolved over our present capabilities. Think what such a mind could comprehend.
    I think we have a lot of evolutionary turns to take before we really start comprehending the awe and mystery of this supremely dazzling natural universe of ours. As J.B.S. Haldane wrote (and Arthur Clarke often repeated), "The Universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it's stranger than we can imagine!"
    I wish I could imagine at that level.
     
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    How about the beginning or end of time? How can you imagine forever or how can you imagine the lack of existence before the beginning?

    C. Ryan
     
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    Unless you take the easy approach--see Julie's post. [​IMG]
     
  20. RobertR

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    Ah! "I think, therefore it is not!" [​IMG]
     

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