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 F - Fantasy

Fantasy: Imagination; mental representation of something that is not known to be real.

Very much of what human beings believe, including what they believe they know, is fantasy or incorporates at least some fantasy - and what is fantasy may turn out to be fiction, as happened with much of religion and much of earlier science.

Note that postmodernism, Public Relations, and much political propaganda insist that what is fantasy or fact is all relative, and one should believe those with the most compelling story (generally those with the most money and no conscience). Equivalently, such folk insist there is no diffference between lying and honesty.

See also: Adequacy, Fiction, Illusion.


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 Original: May 14, 2005        Last edited: 12 December 2011.  Top