"Imagination as Reasoning": That Which Carries Podcast










"We tend to think of reasoning as coming to us in the form of text or diagrams. Rarely do we consciously turn our attention to a Steve McQueen artwork or a Gucci design or a Pixar film to help us make major life decisions or solve problems. Works of the imagination like these, are typically seen as completely separate to the world of rational thinking. Yet, for our guest, Reverend Professor Alison Milbank, works of art do far more than simply entertain us or give us ‘feels’, they provide one of the most powerful, instinctive and effective forms of reasoning that we can use. They are not the alternative to our reasoning minds, but a crucial form of it. In this episode, Alison joins Fer's Director, Jen as they reflect on times in their lives when both high and low works of art across various forms have lifted them out of indecision, guided their thinking or shifted their worldview..." from the transcript.


"Memes vs. Flowcharts Written By Jen Logan

Has a piece of art ever helped you to make a decision or solve a problem? Mostly, we think of reasoning as coming to us in the form of text or diagrams. Rarely do we consciously turn our attention to a Steve McQueen artwork, a Gucci fashion video, or a Pixar film to help us make major life decisions. Can you imagine a corporate meeting where silent meditation on an artwork replaced forceful arguments as the tool for making company decisions! It’s unlikely, because works of the imagination are typically seen as completely separate to the world of rational thinking, even as a distraction from it..." from the article: Memes vs. Flowcharts


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