The ability to fantasize.
It is the foundation of all creative
thinking. The term suggests that what one fantasizes are somehow pictures -
images - in one's mind, but it is unwise to restrict the meaning of the term
to this, for at least two reasons: First, people seem to differ widely in the
ability to work with visual imagery, whether fantastic or remembered, although
this has little correlation with their general intelligence, nor with their
ability to fantasize, say in words or tones or tastes or feelings. Second, because there is an
abstract component in many fantasies, that cannot be easily or at all rendered
in a visual form.
Note one fallacy here: That something is in the imagination does not mean
it exists outside the imagination. That one can think of 5 impossible things
before breakfast means one can imagine these things somehow, not that they
exist outside the imagination. It is the same
for the things that are possible: Merely imagining them doesn't make them