Title 4 – K Q 1: How is “ Suspension of disbelief” important in relation to knowledge?



The practice of belief and habit of getting to understand defines us . It is indeed difficult for us to look at things without seeing the underlying assumptions, associations, implications, and meanings, or seeing our own dilemmas mirrored. But what do we gain by giving up our Reason and our beliefs . Suspension of Disbelief brings about suspension of our critical faculties to enable us to believe and imagine that is not real. In case of Arts, Literature and works of fiction, the sacrifice of realism and logic prepares us to enjoy and appreciate what the artists, authors and poets create for us.


“ The term was coined in 1817 by the poet and aesthetic philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who suggested that if a writer could infuse a “human interest and a semblance of truth” into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgement concerning the implausibility of the narrative. Suspension of disbelief often applies to fictional works of the action, comedy, fantasy, and horror genres.” 


The Separation of critical thinking or Reason either willingly or otherwise uses the person’s ignorance to engage with the mind to embed the thoughts, ideas , fantasies and myths. For instance “ Suspension of Disbelief” is an underlying prerequisite for magic shows, futurist science fiction, surreal art forms.

Suspension of Belief sometimes seems to make the concept simple and a simple explanation makes the understanding and knowing easier , uncomplicated and effortless. Taking easy hold on to our senses and mind , a simple explanation removes the clutter and focuses on what is essential , basic and fundamental -an accessory of a good idea.


Herbert Spencer , American cognitive psychologist and polymath suggests that something is simple or complex depending on the way we choose to describe it.