Mervyn Drury Casey, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Chapter 6 Imagination
THE WORKSHOP OF THE MIND
The Fifth Step toward Riches
Imagination the workshop, here we are told dreams and ideas are transformed into tangible things. Two types of imagination are used in this process, synthetic and creative. The first involves the use of old ideas or concepts rearrange to produce a new and enhanced goal or object. A good example of this is the forever changing appearance of automobiles. Many of these changes are derived from popular opinion requiring more chrome parts, metallic paints, different design of fins and spoilers on the rear of the car. Henry Ford resisted changes to his model ‘T’ against popular opinion and it netted him a fortune.
Creative imagination is used when the concepts of synthetic imagination cannot be arrange in any combination to meet the parameters required to satisfy a given idea or a completely new creation.
An author; for a given book make take material that already exists and rearrange it to produce a new and simpler presentations of the previous of the facts. Many self or personal development books and courses are based on this principle. It is only when an author takes new and specialised knowledge either from his own or others innovative research that creative imagination is brought into play. Initially creative imagination is used for the innovative research and then for the presentation of the results.
During my higher degree I need to be creative in ways of producing small slices of material for testing which used simple workshop machinery available at low cost and in most companies. Secondly the testing could be carried out using a simple hand operated means of pressing the test piece around a simple former to create the required tension through the material thickness.
One thing it is important to remember about imagination is that it may become quiescent from non use, but can be reactivated by a need to use it. I am always fascinated by my younger grand children and how they transform in their minds a simple cardboard box or boxes into dolls houses, cars, military forts, etc. Initially they use creative imagination which with subsequent use of the imagination it becomes synthetic imagination.
Casey, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.