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Is imagination/creativity more valuable than knowledge?

“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.” - Albert Einstein

It's very easy to compare creativity and knowledge in an abstract, metaphorical sense - but we know that our imagination is developed from the knowledge we gain in the experiences of our daily lives. So when it comes to a debate on whether we need to emphasize creativity or knowledge in education, society, etc. how can we say that one is more valuable than the other?

Are there any quantitative means to measure the value of creativity/knowledge? (e.g. statistics about creativity in the workplace)


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  • Jun 6 2012: I totally agree with the idea of Einstein. Human is not very different from animal. Animal can learn too -but I am not sure if 'knowledge' is the right word to use here - but it is certain that those two terms can be pronounced together most of the time. Animals can learn but they have no imagination. Except the physical abilities - which in my opinion the animal have got more than us - this is the only thing that differs us from them. If conscious is knowledge + imagination then = it is definitely the only thing!

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