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Scientific Imagination

Science meets fiction

While imagination hovers uncomfortably between what is possible and impossible, it is argued that whatever imagination might or might not reveal about the metaphysical structures of the real world, it provides experimental space to question the established structures of a conceptual framework. As Timothy Williamson put it in ‘Imagination as Knowledge’, ‘at least metaphorically, one might regard imagination as a form of attention to possibilities.’

Scientific Imagination is Sabine Winters. In this philosophical quest I attempt to address this very question: How is the function of imagination in science to be understood? For example, it is my goal to outline what imagination does when it is used as a guide to possibility in thought experiments and science fiction and to sketch a picture of the problems that may be encountered. By sharing podcasts and articles and organizing events I hope to share some of my enthusiasm for this particular field of philosophy.

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Podcasts:

Imagination and Psychedelics – Aidan Lyon

Aidan Lyon is a philosopher at the University of Amsterdam. He completed his PhD in 2010 at the Australian National University on the philosophical foundations of probability. His research focuses on psychedelics, meditation, uncertainty, wisdom, and collective

Space Law and Imagination – Ruvimbo Samanga

Ruvimbo Samanga has a deep appreciation for the creative arts and how it brings inspiration to education, business, and leadership. She is devouted to community engagement and making meaningful relationships with others. Ruvimbo was the National Point

Building a Life in Space – Michal Ziso

Michal Ziso is a two time TEDx speaker (TEDxISU International Space University, Strasbourg, France + TEDxJaffaWomen, Tel Aviv, Israel), frequent lecturer and mentor at academic institutions, organizations and creative tech companies such as ISA - Israeli Space

Cultivating Imagination – Angelo Vermeulen

Angelo Vermeulen is a space researcher, biosystems engineer, biologist and artist. In 2009 he co-founded SEADS (Space Ecologies Art and Design), an international transdisciplinary collective of artists, scientists, engineers, and activists. Its goal is to reshape the

Collective Imagination – Marques D Anderson

Marques D. Anderson, is an innovator and thought leader working at the nexus of indigenous wisdom, modern technology and future communities. After a professional pivot from the NFL in 2006, Marques founded and directed the World Education