An imaginary world
is a setting
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
speculation, and the subjective
universe of altered states of consciousness
or dream sleep
Imaginary worlds have been the subject of cosmological and philosophical speculation since ancient times, as well as being used for entertainment.
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
, 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
), or created for personal enjoyment (eg. as in geofiction
), or may emerge naturally from the narrative.
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.