suspension of disbelief

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The phrase "a willing suspension of disbelief," coined by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in his Biographia Literaria published in 1817, refers to the willingness of a person to accept as true the premises of a work of fiction, even if those premises are fantastic or impossible.
Quinlan, too, exploits our willing suspension of disbelief to explore the limits of the medium, while making a convincing case for the value of ambiguity.
These make the willing suspension of disbelief in theatre a mere party trick.
Such was the legerdemain of the vaunted Bush tax cuts, but like most sleight-of-hand tricks it was based on smoke and mirrors and a big dose of willing suspension of disbelief.
As late as September, Hillary Clinton had the nerve to lecture General Petraeus in a Senate hearing that ''the reports that you provide to us really require the willing suspension of disbelief.
It would require a willing suspension of disbelief to deny Iran supports al-Qaeda in Iraq.
In some productions, it takes a willing suspension of disbelief to be persuaded the pair are adolescents.
On the minus side, there is a minor feeling of compartmentalization about it, an absence of ultimate depth, some softness about the dynamics, and a lack of truly deep bass that intrude upon one's complete surrender to a willing suspension of disbelief.
Having long ago made the willing suspension of disbelief in their opponents' credibility, they content themselves with keeping abreast of arguments supporting their version of the truth, available in English-speaking Canada to legitimists from Catholic Insight, and to revisionists from The New Catholic Times.
She has a real feel for the world she has created and allows the willing suspension of disbelief to do its job.
We enter into them, for the duration of the movie, the stage play, the novel, the television episode, by means of what Samuel Taylor Coleridge called "the temporary, willing suspension of disbelief.
Most important, our test replaces the belief that the character is a human being, as specified by Turing, with a willing suspension of disbelief that the character is a human being.