Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Eric Braun Ohio City, Ohio , United States

Posted: 2020-08-25

Chapter 6 




One is known as “synthetic imagination”, and the other as “creative imagination.” 

SYNTHETIC IMAGINATION: Through this faculty, one may arrange old concepts, ideas, or plans into new combinations. This faculty creates nothing, it merely works with the material of experience, education, and observation with which it is fed. It is the faculty used most by the inventor, with the exception of the who draws upon the creative imagination, which he cannot solve his problem through synthetic imagination. 


  An example of SYNTHETIC IMAGINATION: One invention - the garbage can – spawned another invention, the garbage BAG. This in a nutshell, is SYNTHETIC IMAGINATION. In other words, this is simply a creative way to combine two pre-existing ideas or inventions. 

  Ohio is home of many inventors. One example of Dayton, Ohio inventors is the Wright Brothers. They used SYNTHETIC IMAGINATION, which in turn created other inventors, using SYNTHETIC IMAGINATION to create other inventions, such as the jet, rocket, space shuttle, submarine, satellites, robots, and The International Space Station.  

  The Wright Brothers used SYNTHETIC IMAGINATION. 

  CREATIVE IMAGINATION: Through the faculty of CREATIVE IMAGINATION, the finite mind of man had direct communication with Infinite Intelligence. It is the faculty through which “hunches” and “inspirations” are received. It is by this faculty that all basic, or new ideas are handed over to man. 

  This faculty functions ONLY when the conscious mind is vibrating at an exceedingly rapid rate, as for example, when the conscious mind is stimulated through the emotion of a strong desire. 


  Most people would believe that the Wright Brothers used CREATIVE IMAGINATION. This is far from the truth. They used SYNTHETIC IMAGINATION.  

  For example, many of the earliest aviation pioneers (1800-1890) were sailors and their aircraft designs were drawn from their experience with ships. They reasoned that to navigate the air, they would need a rudder to yaw the airship right and left, much like a sailing ship. But aviators would have to point the airship up or down to take off or land. So, they designed a horizontal rudder (later called an elevator) to control the pitch of the airplane. They were certain they could make a flying machine stable in a roll with clever weight distribution and design, much the same way ships were stabilized. 

  It did not work, however, and some of these pioneers began to look to birds for clues. They noticed when birds flew, they rolled their wings and bodies to maintain balance. A bird’s tail, they reasoned, controlled pitch. They could see no means of yaw control and assumed the bird did not need it. (Much later, scientists would discover that a bird twists its tail to control both pitch and yaw.) 

  In the 1890’s several pioneer aviators developed gliders in which they shifted their weight to control roll and pitch. They hung beneath their flying machines and swung their bodies in this way and that, shifting the center of gravity to maintain balance. Some of these pioneers were killed or hurt when they got into trouble and could not bring the aircraft back to level quickly enough. At this juncture, flights were simply straight ahead (more or less) as the pilot fought to control balance. 

  About the same time, The Wright Brothers, were making bicycles, a relatively new form of transportation. This is the first-ever vehicle that the operator had to roll into a turn. The cyclist leaned the bicycle right or left to navigate. The Wrights also observed that birds roll or bank when they turn in the air. From this, they reasoned that the same thing might work to control an aircraft in flight. Roll control might only be necessary to balance an aircraft in flight; it might also be a way to navigate. 

  The 1903, The Wright Flier, was the first powered flying machine with three-axis control, with twistable parts of the wings rolled the Flier; the elevator pitched the nose up and down, and the rudder yawed the nose right and left. 

  Sailors are an example of CREATIVE IMAGINATION. 

  Thank you Michael & Linda Dlouhy for sparking our Synthetic and Creative Imagination in our Master-Mind-Group and Nathan Grimes for never giving up on me. 


Eric Braun 

Ohio City, Ohio, USA