to the imagination”. It is therefore unsurprising that some people perceive the world in ways that differ considerably from what society considers to be consensual reality. In some cases a person’s reality can be so markedly different that it may become a source of deep personal distress or even becomes a source of concern to other people, usually because of their strange actions produced from within a seemingly private world. In the West, at least, such people are likely to be labelled as mentally ill, and their thoughts classified as pathological. If we agree with John Lennon’s assessment of the role of the imagination in constructing reality (as many scholars of the mind have), imaginatio
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