Featuring: Roger Penrose, Iain McGilchrist, Esther Freud

Imagination and creativity are vital not only to the arts but also to advances in technology and innovation. Yet the scientific account of the universe, one governed by immutable laws, and a strict relationship of cause and effect, appears to leave little room for anything truly imaginative, creative or genuinely new. Might this be a fundamental weakness that we need to address?   

Can imagination and creativity somehow escape the fixed corset of cause and effect? Through imagination do we create new worlds that we are then able to inhabit? Or is imagination merely the combination of prior experiences, with nothing fundamentally new or original? Is more at stake here than the character of creativity and instead do we need to reframe the very nature or reality and our role in it? 

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