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WELCOME TO IMAGINARY REALITY

Index to Imaginary Reality pages

That's right, Imaginary Reality, not Virtual Reality. Virtual Reality is an interactive computer simulation of the real world. Imaginary Reality is the absolute negation of what we regard as the real world.

Every condition has its opposite.  For every action there is an 
equal and opposite reaction.  
Every Yin has its Yang.  Good has  Evil.  Matter has Antimatter.  Real numbers and 
imaginary 
numbers are separated by the square root of minus one. With the universe so constituted, 
it is 
unsurprising that the very structure of the reality continuum is itself dicotomous.  There is 
Ordinary Reality as we experience it and there is Imaginary Reality which is the anti-
structure 
of the reality of our every day experience.

Ordinary reality is perverse:  Murphy's law is its central 
paradigm; what can go wrong, will go 
wrong; indeed, it must go wrong.  In Imaginary Reality, nothing can go wrong.  Instead of 
perverse, the underlying paradigm is one of begninity.  Imaginary Reality is a segment of 
the 
universal reality continuum in which bread always falls butter-side-up -- when it falls at all.  
Machines work better as deadlines approach, and a 50-cent can of watery beer makes 
people 
younger and sexier than massive plastic surgery and a seven-figure bank account.

Imaginary Reality is anti-Murphian. Imaginary reality is a 
world in which miracles (as they 
appear from the standpoint of Ordinary Reality) are not only commonplace, but inevitable.  
It 
is the anti-Murphian universe in which need determines the shape of the continuum, and 
the 
Imaginarian's wish is reality's command.  (see IR 
mathematics)


But not everyone can operate in Imaginary Reality.
  Only those whose vision is not 
bound by the constraints of ordinary reality.  Business executives, politicians (and the 
voters 
who elect them), college presidents, sports announcers, electronic 
evangelists, all are fully cognizent of a realm in which reality is defined by their desires, not 
vice-versa.   While the bodies of Imaginarians may have been born in the reality familiar to 
all of us, their brains have their origins in a reality far, far away.

In fact, the boundaries of the two realities are unidirectionally 
permeable  
(see IR mathematics)
 which permits 
inhabitants of Imaginary Reality to move freely into Ordinary Reality.  The reverse is not 
true, 
of course, because, while the nature of Imaginary Reality is benign and accomodating, that 
of 
Ordinary Reality is perverse and obstructive.  As we would say in Maine, 
'You cahn't get theah 
from heah, but you cahn get heah from theah.'

And people do get here from there.  In ever increasing 
numbers Imaginarians, inhabitants 
of Imaginary Reality, are contacting -- and then replacing -- the brains of Ordinarians.  It 
is 
hard to see why an inhabitant of a benign reality would want to operate in a perverse 
reality, 
but it has been hypothesized that Imaginary Reality draws the energy for its existence from 
the 
chaos created by the introduction of Imaginarian operations into Ordinary Reality.  It has 
been 
reported that Imaginary Reality is becoming increasingly energetic by the moment.  
Imaginarians
who operate through brains in Ordinary Reality are probably considered heroic and 
courageous
in Imaginary Reality.

It may be hard to consider the presence of invaders
 from an alternate reality, but think for a 
moment.  Haven't you ever wondered how political, business, religous, and social leaders -
- 
and their followers -- got that way?  Haven't you, some time in your life, worked for 
Dilbert's 
Pointy-haired Boss?  Do you really think Jesse Helms has any contact with the reality in 
which 
you must live and work?  How about Ronald Reagan (and his supporters) to whom
fiscal responsibility meant writing bad checks?

In Ordinary Reality, if wishes were horses, then beggars 
would ride.  In Imaginary Reality, 
everyone rides.

Although full awareness of the realm we call Imaginary 
Reality
 is a phenomenon of the 
computer age and the information explosion, it has always been with us.  Since the first 
leader 
of an early hominid band came to appreciate fully the fact that his preeminence was part of 
the natural 
order and that those who served him should be grateful for the opportunity, Imaginary 
Reality 
has been that higher plane inhabited by those able to get the choicest cut of meat without 
having to slice it off for themselves.

While Imaginarian tales are certainly known from antiquity 
(Where else could the real Mt. 
Olympus have been located?),  the birth of modern speculation on Imaginary Reality dates 
from the great French philosopher, Rene Descartes.
Reasoning from a simple beginning, usually given as "I think, therefore I am," Descartes 
was 
able not only to logically prove the existence of the universe, but also 
to locate it on a moral 
spectrum from good to bad.  (Actually,  some scholars believe the story to be somewhat 
different from that typically reported.  The original of the quote may have come from one 
of 
the philosopher's graduate students who, after a long night of studying, said, "I think I am, 
therefore I am, I think."  Decartes, recognizing quality when he heard it, appropriated the 
comment to himself as have thousands of other professors before and since.  After all, it 
takes 
an Imaginarian to deal with concepts of that magnitude, so good ideas are only wasted on 
graduate students. Decartes, recognizing not only quality, but the limited 
attention 
span of the public, shortened the statement to the more pithy version heard today. ) 

Whichever version is true, Decartes' writing remains one of 
the finest examples of 
Imaginarian writing in existence today, riviling even the statement, 'We skipped versions 4 
through 9 of our database and went directly to version 10' and 'Do you think the Japanese 
auto industry can learn anything from America's Big Three?'

If Decartes was one of the first and best known Imaginarians 
to leave us his speculations, 
Mark Twain was one of the most literate observers of Imaginarians.  In one of the finest 
pieces of descriptive writing ever penned, Twain proved by examining the annual 
shortening 
of the Mississippi River and employing simple arithmetic that the river had once been over 
a 
million miles long and stuck out over the Gulf of Mexico like a gun barrel.  He concluded 
with the excellent observation, 'Science is wonderful.  You get such a wealth of 
speculation 
from such a trifling investment of fact.'

In many instances the investment of fact has been trifling 
indeed.
 Psychologist Sir Cyril Burt 
spent his entire life demonstrating substantial differences in intelligence between black 
people and white people.  Lacking real data to support his contentions, he made them up.  
For 
years he published mountains of statistics that had no source but his own imagination.

G.S. Soule used the same general technique in demonstrating the 
existence of ESP.
  Other Imaginarian
efforts have been more subtle.  H. J. Eysenck used real people, but  devised a scoring 
procedure that could yield no outcome but the desired one.  Even your present writer, in 
company 
with 
an accomplice, found that the factor analysis was such a powerful statistical tool that it 
could 
determine the underlying structure of the universe using random numbers as a starting 
point.  
Others have drawn great conclusions from factor analysis with little more data than that.
Thurstone's factor-analytic definition of the general intelligence factor 
on which our notions of IQ are based
bears about an equal resemblence to the world of Ordinary Reality.

The uninformed reader be left with the impression that what 
was stated above is just another 
way of phrasing the old say, 'Figures don't lie, but liars figure'.  This conclusion can only 
reflect the lack of attention with which that reader has followed this treatise.  'Figures 
don't 
lie, but liars figure' is a purely Ordinarian concept.  Imaginary Reality is a different 
segment 
of the universal reality continuum.  The truth value of an assertion in Imaginary Reality has 
nothing to do with whether or not it can be observed to operate in Ordinary Reality, but 
whether it would be convenient if it did so.

In other pages we will learn just how this can be true.  We 
will explorate Imaginary reality, 
its laws, its structures,  its 
concepts, and its 
mathematics.   We will find out how an Imaginarian brain can be projected into an 
Ordinarian body.

Rigorously following the scientific precepts there presented 
we will then explore the 
Imaginarian nature of private enterprise in the western world. We will learn what lies 
beneath 
such alphabet soup as QA/QC and why 
Ordinarians have such trouble grasping the concept.
 We will treat such specific topics 
and case studies as technical services committees (Ordinarians in Imaginary Reality) and 
what 
happens when the employee coffee fund falls under the notice of an Imaginarian.

We will examine our Imaginarian governmental institutions, a
task which should keep us busy and out of the bars and pool halls for some time
to come.

Also explored will be the famous quotation that 'There is so 
much Ordinarian in the most 
Imaginarian of us and so much Imaginarian in the most Ordinarian of us that there is no 
way 
to make sense of this statement.'  We will trace writings from Mark Twain on to show that 
there is some Imaginarian in all of us.  Otherwise, why would the American public refuse 
to 
elect a politician unless he or she makes statements that could be true only in Imaginary 
Reality?  Those who stick to statements observably true in Ordinary Reality generally go 
home after the election.

Bigtime sports, computer software companies, personnel 
management,
 training for investigators into
 Imaginary Reality, counselling for Ordinarians trapped among the denizens of
 Imaginary Reality, Imaginary 
science, Imginary education, and many other 
topics will be illuminated in these pages unless some other bright pebble on the  shore of 
the 
universal sea captures our attention first.


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Thanks to John, Jon, John, and Marty -- How the hell did he get on this list? -- who told me to steal their ideas and run with them.