15.249 writings on imagination

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 249.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: "Koster, Jo" <kosterj@exchange.winthrop.edu> (34)
             Subject: RE: 15.244 writings on imagination?

       [2] From: Leo Robert Klein <leo@patachon.com> (12)
             Subject: Re: 15.244 writings on imagination?

       [3] From: "Norman D. Hinton" <hinton@springnet1.com> (6)
             Subject: Re: 15.244 writings on imagination?

       [4] From: Soraj Hongladarom <hsoraj@chula.ac.th> (12)
             Subject: Re: 15.244 writings on imagination?

             Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 08:16:06 +0100
             From: "Koster, Jo" <kosterj@exchange.winthrop.edu>
             Subject: RE: 15.244 writings on imagination?


            I might suggest, with some trepidation, Ray Kurzweil's _The Age
    of Spiritual Machines_ as a possible complement to your list--some of
    his ideas are certainly germane to the topic. His chapters on "Of Mind
    and Machines" and "Building New Brains" certainly do discuss some of the
    ideas you're wrestling with, though in a highly eclectic way.

            In a wholly different light, there's an older book by Jenni Boyd
    called _Musicians in Tune_, which asked about 70 contemporary musicians
    to describe their creative processes; a number of them talk about how
    their composing/creating was and is effected by using technology. It
    might be tangential but I remember the book as being fairly suggestive
    for a mass-market book (I think it was based on Boyd's master's thesis;
    she had the distinction of being the sister-in-law of both Eric Clapton
    and George Harrison, and so had access to some rather high-power
    contemporary popular musicians to draw on for her analysis of



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             Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 08:16:24 +0100
             From: Leo Robert Klein <leo@patachon.com>
             Subject: Re: 15.244 writings on imagination?

    At 06:57 AM 9/17/2001 +0100, you wrote:
    >So, I would greatly appreciate pointers to writings in *any* disipline on
    >the subject of the imagination. I'm already aware of and mostly have read
    >the following:

    Didn't Addison and Steele write about the "Pleasures of the Imagination" in
    one of the Spectator papers? I can't seem to recall them writing much on
    counting devices so this may turn out to be a bum steer.


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             Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 08:16:58 +0100
             From: "Norman D. Hinton" <hinton@springnet1.com>
             Subject: Re: 15.244 writings on imagination?

    Willard, not everyone finds this book helpful, but I always used to
    refer my students to

    Bachelard, Gaston, _The Psychoanalysis of Fire_

    or, if you prefer,

    Bachelard, GAston, _La psychanalyse du feu_.

    when they were thinking about the creative imagination. (though it is
    not about computers)

             Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 08:17:23 +0100
             From: Soraj Hongladarom <hsoraj@chula.ac.th>
             Subject: Re: 15.244 writings on imagination?

    Dear Willard,

    A book that comes to my mind is Mary Warnock's _Imagination_. While it is
    now quite dated, it provides a historical and philosophical groundwork
    which might be of use in your endeavour.


    Soraj Hongladarom

    Department of Philosophy
    Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
    Bangkok 10330, Thailand
    Tel. (+662) 218-4756; Fax. (+662) 218-4755
    Home page: http://pioneer.chula.ac.th/~hsoraj/web/soraj.html
    Science in Thai Culture Project: http://www.stc.arts.chula.ac.th/

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