Psychology Dictionary of Arguments

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Imagination, philosophy: imaginations are mental representations of non-present situations, events, states, sensory perceptions, experiences with certain characteristics, tones, sound sequences, sounds, noises, voices, smells, heat, coldness etc. The imagination of something undefined is not possible. Understanding a sentence can create an idea of the corresponding situation or image. See also representations past, future, mental states.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Steven Pinker on Imagination - Dictionary of Arguments

I 356
Mental picture/Pinker: two-and-a-half dimensional sketch in long-term memory - for computer theory easy- an equilateral triangle stands on a circle: here no points are shown, but relations are expressed.
I 360
Example: one is richer than another, but poorer than a third: is often treated as mental picture. - But conceptual representation is structured quite differently. - E.g. grin without a cat is conceptually possible but not like mental picture.
I 367
Images can neither serve as terms nor as a word meaning in our inner dictionary. - PinkerVsTradition: mental picture is not mixed or without contours.
I 370
Thoughts are never ambiguous, images are.
>Picture, >Image, >Ambiguity.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Pi I
St. Pinker
How the Mind Works, New York 1997
German Edition:
Wie das Denken im Kopf entsteht München 1998

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