Précis of The Rational Imagination: How People Create Alternatives to Reality

  title={Pr{\'e}cis of The Rational Imagination: How People Create Alternatives to Reality},
  author={Ruth M. J. Byrne},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={439 - 453}
  • R. Byrne
  • Published 2007
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Abstract The human imagination remains one of the last uncharted terrains of the mind. People often imagine how events might have turned out “if only” something had been different. The “fault lines” of reality, those aspects more readily changed, indicate that counterfactual thoughts are guided by the same principles as rational thoughts. In the past, rationality and imagination have been viewed as opposites. But research has shown that rational thought is more imaginative than cognitive… Expand

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