“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.”
Is imagination more important than knowledge?
What is the difference between knowledge and information?
What happens when there is so much information available?
An interesting answer to "Is imagination more important than knowledge?" can be found in http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/172613.article, where the conclusion in the article is "It depends on whom you ask, what you ask about, and when." Read the article for a better understanding.
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Imagination and knowledge are explained in wikipedia in the following links:
Imagination is the ability to imagine, to create "images". We can remember images we have seen before. We can even try to remember other things such as music, voices, emotions, temperatures, tastes. We can imagine being relaxing in a garden, being lying on beach feeling the sun, the wind, the voices around, the sand... the water and the waves.
We can remember difficult situations in the past and imagine them changing things, changing the way we react and the outcome of our behaviour.
When we have to do something, we can visualize it first, imagining ourselves doing the steps. This is a type of mental training. We can imagine conversations with other people. Not only we can imagine things that we have experienced but things to experience in the future.
The same way as drawing comics, we can imagine impossible things, we can imagine faster cars, lighter planes... we can imagine peace in the world, imagine ourselves doing well, doing good, doing things better than we usually do.
Imagination is perfect for those situations in which we ask "What if?". What if I had half/double of my age/energy/income?
We can remember how other people do things and imagine ourselves doing them the same way or differently. We can imagine ourselves being assertive, expressing compliments, asking for things, being intrepid.
We can imagine ourselves doing exams, doing presentations. Imagination can be very useful to do simulations, where we prepare ourselves not to be nervous and to deal with issues.
Imagination can be used to relax and to overcome fears. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systematic_desensitization
We can "build" things without materials, combine products, imagine services.
In Karate, with the KATA, people practice different type of movements. To make it real the person doing the KATA should visualise the enemies attacks and his/her responses. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karate_kata
Also there are different types of KUMITE (combat) in which a series of movements are practiced by a couple in which they practice the attacks and the answers to these attacks. It can be practiced alone by imagining the movements of the contrary. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumite
Always imagine yourself on the battlefield under the fiercest attack; never forget this crucial element of training. Morihei Ueshiba (Aikido)
Regarding technique, from ancient times it has been said that movements must fly like lightning and attacks must strike like thunder. Morihei Ueshiba (Aikido)
When thinking about generating ideas, imagination and knowledge are very important. However, the "experts" have the knowledge and can have more difficulties to look at the problem with fresh eyes, as they have already a lot of ideas, a lot of answers. The person with imagination, the person that does not know much about the topic, can be the one that ask the questions that can be perceived by the experts as stupid questions, but on the other side can be the questions that trigger a breakthrough.