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Givler, Robert Chenault

Psychology: The science of human behavior, p.218-227


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  • Author: Givler, Robert Chenault
  • Description: Imagination is one of those many-sided words which is used in popular speech for an unlimited number of purposes. Sometimes it means reverie, sometimes astute and accurate prediction; here it will be employed to refer to error and delusion, while there it will be used to indicate the most fortunate conjectures of applied science; it is equally descriptive of the mental processes of the man in delirium, of the novelist, the mathematician, and the investor in safe and negotiable securities. Jason in search of the Golden Fleece, Plato attempting to prove the immortality of the soul, Euclid seeking for the logical proofs of the truths of geometry, Napoleon aiming at a world empire, Metchnikoff searching for an enzyme to stave off old age, and Percival Lowell endeavoring to demonstrate the habitability of the planet Mars, are one and all examples of the variety and pertinacity of human imagination. So manifold and perennial a mental function as this is well worthy of study and comprehension. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
  • Is Part Of: Psychology: The science of human behavior, p.218-227
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Publisher: Harper & Brothers
  • Identifier: DOI: 10.1037/12235-021
  • Subjects: imagination
  • Language: English
  • Source: PsycBOOKS (American Psychological Association)

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