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Charles Zhang

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In most professions and academic fields, imagination is more important than knowledge.

Imagination is another name of innovation. And as to knowledge, you can look it up in a dictionary or just search on the internet. However, you can not search an imagination.

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    Apr 29 2012: I'm looking at Charles' comment a day ago and it struck me: why don't we infuse our dissemination of knowledge with a healthy dose of imagination. For example, in school, why give teens math "problems" for homework. Why not issue math "puzzles" instead? This silly notion can be expanded and it's not so silly. While teaching geometry, why not display the figures in a format that might demonstrate visual weight, symmetrical and asymmetrical etc. That image could vibrate more than the optical receptors - it could stimulate an area of creativity that might have lain dormant.

    I think creativity can be "taught" in that it can be fomented by certain approaches, attitudes and surroundings. While Knowledge IS essential to education, careers and callings, most creative people seek knowledge that then may produce more creativity. The danger with focusing on the superiority of Knowledge is that people can become complacent. They can believe that knowledge is definitive. It's not. Knowledge is only knowing as much as we are capable of definitively knowing. Creativity is not relying on definitive models of knowledge - creativity creates the next newer model of knowledge and looks forward to the excitement of being eclipsed.
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      Apr 29 2012: Your response is really nice.
      And Thanks for your attention on my topic.
      Actually, I agree with your point except I prefer "nurtured" to "taught" when talking about imagination.

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