Experiencing history versus studying it

The portal opened by the imagination is a time machine.

This process not only entails reconstruction of the past, but the creation of a new reality as well. As such, accuracy is not its aim, in the social scientific sense. There is no contradiction between truth and fiction, but rather a question of what sort of truths are revealed by fiction. Nor do fictional truths and so-called “objective” truths stand in opposition to each other or negate each other. People sometimes fail to realize that “objective” reality is not monolithic and unchanging, but often hotly contested. Therein lies the paradox of subjective and objective realities. One cannot exist without the other (except perhaps in mathematics). The “correct” meaning or interpretation to be derived from any particular experience can be supported or refuted, but rarely proved or disproved.

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