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The Wandering Mind (Part 1/3)

by on February 23, 2013

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein.

Albert Einstein said that? Woah! It must be true. Okay, so before we commit an argumentum ad verecundiam’, let’s try to understand what the two are.

Part 1: The Imagination”

It’s an intriguing thing, isn’t it? Strange even, considering the various abnormalities that pass through it, unfettered by the laws of logic. They say that our imagination has no bounds. That within our heads, lies the greatest form of escape there ever shall be. But here’s some food for thought:

Consider a blind child named Bob. Bob, like all other children is curious about the little things in life. However, unlike all other children, Bob has never seen the light of day. He may know the sky to be blue, and the trees to be green, but he has never actually seen these “colours” that we so simply speak of. The vision that most of us conveniently take for granted, is something poor Bob was born without. Something he shall never experience.

Imagination has no limits. Or so they say. But isn’t everything we imagine, merely an alteration of the various things that we’ve seen, heard and felt? It’s the external stimulus that generates within us, an urge to be imaginative. As the popular story goes, Isaac Newton saw an apple fall to the ground and questioned its rationale. Could he have come up with the laws of motion had he been blind and deaf? Ask Bob to imagine what the colour green looks like, and he’d come up blank.

In all honesty, I’ve never imagined anything so original, that it cannot be traced back to something that I have observed, felt, smelt, heard etc. In that sense, imagination seems to be an inconspicuous mistress; not quite as original as you’d think.

note: This is just the first part of a sub-series of 3 articles that I am going to be putting up. The others will be up shortly. B-)


From → kaizenofthought

  1. Please post the other parts soon.
    I love the track on which this seems to be going.

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