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An imaginary world is a setting, place or event or scenario at variance with objective reality, ranging from the voluntary suspension of disbelief of fictional universes and the socially constructed consensus reality of the "Social Imaginary", to alternate realities resulting from disinformation, misinformation or imaginative speculation, and the subjective universe of altered states of consciousness, psychosis or dream sleep. The objective reality is reality which does not depend on our existence and the way of performing observations. ... Suspension of disbelief is a willingness of a reader or viewer to suspend his or her critical faculties to the extent of ignoring minor inconsistencies so as to enjoy a work of fiction. ... A fictional universe is a cohesive imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction. ... Socially constructed reality forms a concept within the sociology of knowledge and the social constructionist strand of postmodernism. ... Jump to: navigation, search The term Consensus reality has two usages. ... Imaginary refers to the system of values, institutions, laws, and symbols - in short the matrix of ideological meaning - correspondent to a particular social group upon which said society is constituted. ... This article is about the Alternate Reality game. ... Disinformation, in the context of espionage, military intelligence, and propaganda, is the spreading of deliberately false information to mislead an enemy as to ones position or course of action. ... Misinformation is information that is incorrect, but not because of a deliberate attempt to mislead. ... Imagination is, in general, the power or process of producing mental images and ideas. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The phrase altered state of consciousness was coined in the 1970s and describes induced changes in ones mental state, almost always temporary. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the mental state. ... Dreaming is the subjective experience of remembered and imaginary images, sounds/voices, words, thoughts or sensations during sleep, usually involuntarily. ...


Imaginary worlds have been the subject of cosmological and philosophical speculation since ancient times. Jump to: navigation, search Cosmology, from the Greek: κοσμολογία (cosmologia, κόσμος (cosmos) world + λογια (logia) discourse) is the study of the universe in its totality and by extension mans place in it. ... Jump to: navigation, search Philosophy is a discipline or field of study involving the investigation, analysis, and development of ideas at a general, abstract, or fundamental level. ... Jump to: navigation, search Ancient history is the study of significant cultural and political events from the beginning of human history until the Early Middle Ages. ...

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Imaginary settings need not reflect or resemble the natural world, and logic, physics and plausibility are frequently ignored or violated. Jump to: navigation, search The deepest visible-light image of the universe, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. ...

Artificial mythology (compare artificial language) is any complete, invented world with mythic features that, rather than arising out of centuries of oral tradition, are penned over a short period of time by a single author or small group of collaborators. ... A campaign setting is a fictional fantasy world which serves as a setting for a role-playing game or wargame, such as Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer and various d20 System games. ... A fantasy world is a type of fictional universe in which magic or other similar powers work. ... Illustration of a simple house in Flatland. ... This is a partial list of worlds from Fantasy fiction. ... A mythical place is a place that does not really exist but is accepted folk lore or speculation that it might exist or might have existed in earlier times but its actual location is now lost. ... Phantom islands are islands that are believed to exist and appear on maps for a period of time (sometimes centuries), and they are removed after they are proven not to exist (or the general population stops believing that they exist). ... Jump to: navigation, search The exploration of other worlds is one of the most enduring themes of science fiction. ... A virtual world is a computer-simulated environment intended for its users to inhabit and interact with via avatars. ...

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Main article: index of fictional places

Imaginary places are best known from myth and fiction, such as where a purposefully created ficton forms part of a fictional universe, and provide background information and locale for the story. In this context an imaginary world may be a world constructed for a specific purpose (eg. constructed world), or created for personal enjoyment (eg. as in geofiction), or may emerge naturally from the narrative. Alternate history Campaign setting Fantasy world Fictional battlegrounds Fictional buildings Fictional city Fictional company Fictional counties Fictional country Fictional schools List of fictional Cambridge colleges List of fictional Oxford colleges Fictional universe List of fictional universes Future history Imaginary country Imaginary state Imaginary union Multiverse Mythical place Parallel universe Phantom... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Mythology. ... // Headline text Headline text Italic textItalic textItalic textItalic textItalic textItalic textItalic textBold textBold textBold textBold text--65. ... A ficton is a fictional setting created by writing any fictional story or series of stories. ... A fictional universe is a cohesive imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction. ... A rendered conworld, as would be seen from space by an observer. ... Geofiction is a hobby where one or more people design imaginary cities, countries and even entire worlds. ...

Jump to: navigation, search A fictional country is a country that is made up, and does not exist in real life. ... A fictional universe is a cohesive imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction. ... This list is of fictional cities: villages, towns, and cities that do not exist in the world we know. ... Fictional counties are created by an author for character placement and story background. ... This is a list of fictional universes, organized by genre, by sub-genre and/or by medium. ... This is a list of fictional U.S. states found in various works. ... Ruritania was an imaginary kingdom, in Central Europe, in three novels by the writer Anthony Hope: The Prisoner of Zenda (1894), The Heart of Princess Osra (1896), and Rupert of Hentzau (1898). ...

Events or scenarios

Cogitation and fiction may both conjure events which did not, might not have, may never or will never happen; such events can be said to occur in an imaginary world.

Alternative history or alternate history can be: A history told from an alternative viewpoint, rather than from the view of imperialist, conqueror, or explorer. ... Jump to: navigation, search In science fiction stories involving time travel, an alternate future or alternative future is a possible future which never comes to pass, typically because someone travels back into the past and alters it so that the events of the alternate future cannot occur. ... A future history is a postulated history of the future that some science fiction authors construct as a common background for some of their stories. ... A secret history (or shadow history) is a version of history that is at odds with commonly accepted historical events and which is claimed to have been deliberately suppressed or forgotten. ... The majority of fictional works are set in the present day; however, the present in a classic work of fiction will often be some time in the past. ... Jump to: navigation, search Science fiction and other related fields of fiction are often set in the future, or at least involve events in times that have not yet occurred. ... Jump to: navigation, search Various storytellers have tried to create better backgrounds for their stories by linking them to real history. ... Virtual history, also referred to as counterfactual history, is a form of history which attempts to answer what if questions. ...

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Imaginary world - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (187 words)
Imaginary settings need not reflect or resemble the natural world, and logic, physics and plausibility are frequently ignored or violated.
Imaginary places are best known from myth and fiction, such as where a purposely-created fiction forms part of a fictional universe, and provide background information and locale for the story.
In this context an imaginary world may be a world constructed for a specific purpose (eg.
constructed world: Information from Answers.com (2026 words)
A constructed world (also conworld or sub-creation) is an imaginary world, usually associated with a fictional universe, built via a world building or conworlding process.
Worlds are often created for a novel, video game, or role-playing game, but sometimes for personal enjoyment or its own sake (see geofiction).
When a realistic world setting is a design goal, the physical geography of the map is considered when determining weather patterns and the location of weather-dependent features such as deserts, rivers, swamps, and forests.
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