Hi! My name is Hosanna, and I’m here to tell you a story.
A story about our reality, on the way we imagine the things that constitute it.
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I grew up in the mountains of Nepal, then constantly moved across the globe to this day. Currently, I live in Michigan where I attended university and received my BA.
As an aspiring public intellectual, it is a deep conviction of mine to keep my content as accessible as possible – both financially and away from unnecessary academic jargon. However, if you have the means to, please support me on my Patreon! Patreon is a platform where you can support my work by pledging to give a certain amount each month. Even $1 a month would help me offset a lot of my costs for books, articles, and maintaining this website!
What can you expect from this platform?
Weekly articles about a fascinating story from our world.
Nothing is off the table. Politics, Theory, Philosophy, Geography, Ancient Myths, Language, Technology, and more. Anything that will help us imagine reality, we're looking to understand better.
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My main method of inquiry is Comparative Historical Studies.
What this means, is that I compare across space/place (i.e country) and time, to write a story about our reality.
What am I working on?
My main inquiry right now is in our collective capacity to imagine – which I coined as the "Societal Imaginative Capacity". Here, I don't exclusively mean the imagination of fantasy land, but also a 'real' imagination – and the interactions between the two.
The world in which we live requires a lot of imagination. When we look at an ancient artifact, we use our imagination to reconstruct the lives of our ancestors. When we plan a date or book a ticket to a concert, we use our imagination to evoke what is expected to come.
Some of our actions don't seem to require imagination today, but they sure did before. A good example is food. We don't think twice when dropping that bundle of mushrooms into our cart at the store. But for the first people to consume such mushrooms, they needed a lot of imaginative powers. To even imagine that it was edible based on its appearance, texture, and smell. Another vivid example is child-bearing. Who would've known how kids were made? Was it a divine blessing or a curse? A mother was easier to pinpoint, but is there a father? How do we know?
Oftentimes, these imaginations are mixed in with less-concrete imaginations. We see a horse – a concrete reality – and attach wings and a horn to it using our imagination. We observe a sick friend – another concrete reality – and imagine a devilish spirit inside them. And as these "imaginations" get corroborated and agreed upon, they inch closer to reality.
Our current civilizations are built on these two components. For example, debt is not a concrete reality – although it sure does feel like one. It is not real in the sense that it exists 'in of itself', we must agree upon it and possibly write it down on a contract to make it 'real'. But if the debt was merely an imagined agreement between two parties – millions of college students would just rip up their bill and walk away. It's the overarching societal agreement that makes these 'imagined realities' so binding.
This is the reason I attempt to "Imagine Reality" – hence the name of my Youtube channel – to gain a better grasp of our complex world.