Imagination as a tool for intellect

I’m not certain what the best account of how imagination arose. One prevalent explanation is that our sense organs were all formed by chance as successful ways to avoid predators, gather food, and judge how far away the next tree limb was. Considered in this way, we could not claim that our interior or exterior senses were necessarily formed as the best tools for intellect. No matter, though. Trees don’t grow in order to be houses, and plants don’t rot in order to form gasoline. Intellect doesn’t have to use something for what it was made for.

Regardless of how imagination was formed, it is only proportionate to a very narrow bandwidth of reality. Most of the universe is not imaginable at all (the angelic universe) and the imaginable part of it is not imaginable “all the way down”. In fact, to the extent that we want to understand the word in a concrete way (as opposed to a very general way) the imaginable world seems more a sign of reality than reality itself. 

No sense power, in fact, can be perfectly proportionate to intellect. If one hooks intellect to imagination (as is presently the case with us) intellect will just use imagination as a tool to understand unimaginable things, It will use analogy inferences from causality, and positive judgments concerning the existence of the not-imaginable. Physics, chemistry, and psychology will have to make as much use of this as theology, though not in the same ways (hence the need for multiple models in each).

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