By Alberto Manguel
Manguel chooses as his courses a range of writers who sparked his mind's eye. He dedicates each one bankruptcy to a unmarried philosopher, scientist, artist, or different determine who validated in a clean method the way to ask “Why?” top us via an entire gallery of inquisitives, between them Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, Lewis Carroll, Rachel Carson, Socrates, and, most significantly, Dante, Manguel affirms how deeply hooked up our interest is to the readings that the majority astonish us, and the way necessary to the hovering of our personal imaginations.
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The fourth and last, when we study what is beyond the limits of our individual intelligence. Aquinas condemns these species of curiosity only because they distract from the greater, fuller impulse of natural exploration. ”20 Like a reverse law of gravity, curiosity causes our experience of the world and of ourselves to increase with the asking: curiosity helps us grow. For Dante, following Aquinas, following Aristotle, what draws us on is a desire for the good or the apparent good, that is to say, towards what we know is good or appears to us to be good.
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According to Darwinian theory, human imagination is an instrument of survival. 6 Conscious of ourselves and conscious of the world around us, we are able to build mental cartographies of those territories and explore them in an infinite number of ways, and then choose the best and most efficient. Montaigne would have agreed: we imagine in order to exist, and we are curious in order to feed our imaginative desire. Imagination, as an essential creative activity, develops with practice, not through successes, which are conclusions and therefore blind alleys, but through failures, through attempts that prove to be mistaken and require new attempts that will also, if the stars are kind, lead to new failures.