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Is the gift of imagination more important than any one talent?

Asked by philosopher (8561 points ) August 26th, 2012
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Coloma's avatar

I tend to agree, but, like anything, without application imagination, like knowledge, is useless.
To imagine is to create, but the creative process must leave the imaginative state and manifest in something tangible for it to be of true value.

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@Coloma
I agree but what we have in this country is many people who memorize well but create nothing. They remind me of living breathing computers with bad programing. I call them Pseudo Intellectuals. They criticize everyone and accomplish little. They amuse me sometimes but they lack common sense and are often ignorant. They stop progress because they have No ability to visualize the possibilities. I laugh at them and their useless degrees. College is about learning not about degrees to display.

Coloma's avatar

@philosopher True, but, as always, no point in lamenting the “others”, just be true to your own principals and be the change you wish to see in the world.
Also, certain personality types are great at generating ideas but weaker on the follow through, their strength is in the generating of an idea to be implemented by someone else who is strong in the actual inventing of whatever.
Sooo, not unlike a designer that designs but needs an engineer to build the protoype, there is space for all sorts of creative process.
I can design a house but I cannot build it by myself, that doesn’t cancel out the creative process.

I have designed my own patio but needed a contractor to take my plans and turn them into something real. lol

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@Coloma
You are bright because you comprehend that we can not do everything on our own. Some people think they have all the answers. Humanity accomplishes more when many people contribute. Many of us can bring a unique perspective.
I am amazed by what the Curiosity team accomplished through hard work.
I am amazed that researchers are finally trying to help autistic people using Stem Cells.

Coloma's avatar

@philosopher I can’t remember the exact Einstein quote but, along the lines that if an idea is not viewed as insane in it’s origin it probably won’t amount to much. Help me out here….haha

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@Coloma
I do not recall but I see your point.
I try to keep an open mind.

Coloma's avatar

@philosopher Yeah, me too, admittedly as a creative, idea generating type I too struggle with those that have zero imagination or curiosity. Then again, I have to be careful because I have a mental file about 2 feet thick of ideas I want to bring to fruition and it’s easy for me to get stalled because I overwhelm myself. It’s like choosing an ice cream cone, so many flavors, so little time. haha

gailcalled's avatar

@Coloma: That one’s easy. Just use teeny tiny spoons.

gailcalled's avatar

That was my “Eureka” moment for today.

LuckyGuy's avatar

We can imagine anything. But we cannot live by imagination alone. At some point, the rubber must hit the road. That’s where you need knowledge and muscle.
I believe the most powerful combination is a mix of all three.

I can imagine a dish of chocolate ice cream with hot fudge and nuts on top. .I can feel the cold on my fingertips and the warm fudge on the tip of my tongue as I push it into the soft serve ice cream. Mmm… I can imagine that all day long but will surely die of starvation unless I actually get up and either buy it or make it myself.

Coloma's avatar

Unless you are on a diet, in which case the imagining is all you get. lol

LuckyGuy's avatar

@philosopher Let me help you imagine eating a piece of warm, melty brie. Or think of gently putting a tongue between soft, moist…
While definitely fun and the spice of life, imagination alone does not provide the calories we need for survival.

philosopher's avatar

No it does not but without imagination, visualization and the will to improve upon what is know. Our world would become stagnate.The success of Curiosity happen because many brilliant minds worked together to achieve a goal. They combined resources. Engineers and Scientist worked together.
Columbus came to America despite that many told him he would fall off the Earth. Humans visualize new ways to achieve success based upon know facts. A good Scientist must constantly say what if. A good teacher tries new ways to reach children that do not always to well using traditional methods.
Expectational people can do much more that recite what they memorize. I think people that can not think beyond the basic are severely limited. I find them boring beyond words.
I find unique people fascinating. Unique people are usually more incline to discover things others dear not pursue. Einstein was unique.
It is clear that our world needs people who visualize and people who build or create things.

YARNLADY's avatar

No, motivation is more important.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Imagination is a talent. As for it being more important than any other talent, the answer is ‘no’. It is equally important. When it comes to imagination, or any other talent, there are two key factors:
1.) Those that have imagination should not be pushed aside. They should be allowed to use it without a constant stream of naysayers voicing their doubts.
2.) Any talent, if overused, becomes a weakness.

MilkyWay's avatar

“Talent without genius isn’t much, but genius without talent is nothing whatsoever.”
Paul Valery
I believe imagination is a talent in itself, that quite a few people do not possess.

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