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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 27 2013: Even Dog is Intelligent, but it is only Humanly possible to image and create ideas

    As Albert Einstein Said

    “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.”
    • Dec 27 2013: I personally think that the phrase '' dog is intelligent'' is not quite as correct.
      On the one hand, dogs can be intelligent because they have got mind; although people can not make a clear comparison between the dog and the human being.
      A dog can be intelligent as said before, if he is smarter compared to other dogs. It can not be described alternatively, because people should not compare an intelligent dog with an intelligent human.

      Nevertheless,people tend to create ideas and imagine, when having a high level of intelligence.
      (Intelligence + Emotion= Imagination)
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        Dec 28 2013: I appreciate your logic of Intelligence + Emotion= Imagination, but what i meant was that every being has some level of IQ which was helpful for survival during evolution. But imagination is something only human can have as per complex emotional IQ. Other life forms might be able to imagine that to May Be, as we don't have technology or evidence to prove that.....

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