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date: 24 January 2020

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Drawing on what we know about priming effects, informational encapsulation, lucid dreaming, imaginative practice, and the “mirror box” illusion, this chapter argues that self-reflexive fictions may enhance our capacity for simultaneous belief and disbelief, a capacity of surprising importance for human flourishing. Federico Fellini's film 81/2 is used as the central example.

Keywords: reflexivity, priming, informational encapsulation, lucid dreaming, mirror box, lucid illusion, conscious self-deception, Fellini

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