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Imagination is more important than knowledge. Discuss.

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Essay 1 ? The problem and nature of knowledge ________________ By Daniel Rietveld, V5B, 2012 ?Imagination is more important than knowledge? ? Albert Einstein I have chosen this quote by Albert Einstein as a basis for my essay. Primarily because this quote/statement attracted me most out of all the available options because it is by Albert Einstein, who was very popular and well-known, therefore it seems interesting to me to know a little more about what he thought and to analyze this statement. Also, I cannot really understand how imagination can be more important than knowledge, I think that when I analyze this statement and write about, I will be able to understand why Einstein said this. Another important reason for this choice was because I could instantly come up with a problem of knowledge in this statement when I looked up the entire quote:?Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.? Namely, whether there is a limitation to knowledge and why it is important for us to know that imagination is more important than knowledge. ...read more.

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Now that I have defined these words, I will look at the knowledge issues that I found in this statement. The first one: Is there a limit to knowledge, or can knowledge be limited? I personally think that knowledge can be limited. This is because knowledge is simply content, or information. You can only know as much as you can understand and there are some things that we will never be able to understand. For example, we know that there is gravity and we can understand that it pulls everything towards the earth, however, we do not know how it works, we cannot understand that. Furthermore, knowledge is restricted by what we are able to prove physically. Imagination, on the other hand, has no such limitations and is therefore unlimited. But is it actually important for us to know that imagination is more important than knowledge? I think it is, because if we were to think that knowledge is more important than imagination, our world would become limited. All we might do in that case is just study whole books and try to memorize all of its contents. If this were to happen, we would not be able to progress, just like our ancestors did thousands of years ago. ...read more.

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Imagine a world where our ancestors, the homo erectus, would have never thought (or imagined) of using tools and sharp objects to hunt other animals. They would have stayed herbivores, struggling to meet their energy requirements causing their brains not to be able to grow properly because bigger brains need more energy. But not only that, remaining herbivorous would mean that they would have to make risky journeys far away from safety to find their meagre energy source. On top of that, they might have to spend more energy travelling to find their food than they would get from the food. Meaning they would get stuck in a downward spiral leading to extinction. So if our ancestors did not have the imagination to start hunting for a living, we would probably have never existed. In conclusion, I must say that I agree with this statement and that I think that imagination is more important than knowledge, for if we would have no imagination, we would not be able to progress as a kind. Also, most knowledge is a by-product of our imagination. Imagination does not necessarily lead to knowledge, but it can lead to knowledge by instigating one to explore things not yet known by humankind. ________________ [1] http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/american/imagination ...read more.

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