Colloquy: Quote from MacDonald

Led by Vigen Guroian

The quote was as follows: To inquire into what God has made is the main function of the imagination. It is aroused by facts, is nourished by facts, seeks for higher and yet higher laws in those facts; but refuses to regard science as the sole interpreter of nature, or the laws of science as the only region of discovery.” George MacDonald — “The Imagination: Its Function and Its Culture 

Key points formed:

  • Imagination is indispensable to science, as it forms the matrix for asking questions, seeing connections, intuition, and the “accidents” that so often produce the best results in scientific inquiry.
  • The whole essay definitely flies in the face of nominalism and empiricism.
  • If a man has no imagination, he cannot invent anything.
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