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Suspension Of Disbelief
We can think of suspension of disbelief as putting aside our doubt or skepticism for the sake of a good story—even if that story has crazy fantastic stuff in it like flying monkeys or talking cars. Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge cooked up the idea of a "willing suspension of disbelief" in his 1815 Biographia Literaria, where he referred to it as "poetic faith."