Knowledge Vs. Imagination Essay

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Theory of Knowledge End of Semester Assignment
Question 3: “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 will ever be to know and understand “(Albert Einstein) Do you agree?

In this essay, I aim to discuss the issue whether 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 will ever be to know and understand” (Albert Einstein).

Imagination, also known as the faculty of imagining, is the act of forming new ideas or images and concepts that are not present to our senses. Imagined images can only be seen in the “mind’s eye” (Blakslee, 1993)however, attempts at revealing imaginations can sometimes be made through narratives and works of art in a bid to share with other independent minds. Knowledge on the other hand is the facts, information and skills acquired by person through experience or education. Since knowledge is mainly facts and information it can be shared and mutually understood by a society. Knowledge is easier to comprehend as compared to other people’s imaginations where one’s own mind might drive them to a different comprehension while trying to understand other people’s imaginations.

Imagination and Knowledge however are inter-dependent as imaginations are influenced by our knowledge. Our imaginations are also influenced by who we are, and our environment. Thus to some extent, one can say that our imaginations are as a result of our past experiences. A good example could be myself an IB student, I imagine completing my education at university, and then becoming successful in my career path and enjoying the privileges of success, this is because I know this what has been done and what should be done. However, someone else such as illiterate based in a rural area can not imagine of what imagine but something else, perhaps something like owning his own herd of cattle and this because he knows this is what has been done and what should be done judging from past experiences and their society. As an IB student, I cannot imagine this as I have not been in this environment and have not been enlightened about their way of life, like-wise the same way the illiterate has not been enlightened on my way of life and environment.

In reality, without knowledge, imagination cannot be developed. Our knowledge acts as roots for our imagination, a person without knowledge in the science field would not be able to imagine developing a new theory, though someone with knowledge in a science field is well and capable of imagining of developing a new theory as well as putting this imagination/ thought into practice.

Imagination has been very instrumental in areas of knowledge. Imagination in science and math is essential to the development of theories since it allows scientist and mathematicians to imagine the...

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