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What's the difference between intelligence and imagination, and which is more useful in alleviating the human condition?

The difference between imagination and knowledge can be sharply defined. The difference between imagination and intelligence does not appear to be as easily delineated. One might say imagination is a subgroup of intelligence, but doesn't imagination often encompass the seemingly illogical? Or it might be said imagination is the catalyst for intellectual innovation, but isn't the imagined an interpolation of logical musing?

Albert Einstein said "Imagination is more important than knowledge." But what about intelligence and imagination?

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  • Dec 9 2013: Gord:

    Your definition of intelligence- "intelligence references knowledge and rearranges it into new configurations based on existing data and processes." Describes the functioning of even the most rudimentary computer.

    I think that Intelligence and imagination are both attempts to define the workings of the mind.
    Intelligence is the mind focused on a task.
    Imagination is the mind unleashed.
    If we focus imagination on a task does it become intelligence?
    If intelligence is allowed to roam does it become imagination?

    If the mind were a horse then Intelligence is when the horse is harnessed and doing work while Imagination is when the horse is running free across the open prairie.

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