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Tok Essay Imagination vs Knowledge

  • Submitted by: Tenthinley1
  • on May 17, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 617 words

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Theory of Knowledge Essay
25/04/2014

“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.” (Albert Einstein) Do you agree?


Upon reading this quote from Albert Einstein, I noticed that he assumed that imagination allows us to think of infinite amount of ways to acquire knowledge. He believed imagination to be more important than knowledge, but in what way? Did he believe imagination as a concept to be more important than knowledge? Or did he believe the use of imagination to acquire knowledge to be more important than knowledge? Important questions are raised after reading this quote. The main question is, to what extent is imagination limited to what we have already known? I will explore these ideas in my essay and consider the arts and natural sciences to contrast the importance of knowledge and imagination.

When I first read this quote, I agreed with Einstein completely. I felt ever since I was small that imagination was a more useful thing than math or science. As defined by the oxford dictionary, imagination is the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. I was told from my third grade art teacher that imagination is the key to all knowledge. Imagination led me to believe in ghosts, demons, and fairies. In a sense, imagination was the key to knowledge. What I was led to believe through my imagination was quickly changed as I came to realize through sense perception that these ghosts or demons did not exist. Thus I have gained access to the knowledge that ghosts, demons, and fairies do not exist. So yes, this supports my knowledge claim that imagination is more important than knowledge because imagination allows us to acquire more knowledge about our lives and the world.

As I compare my claim to the quote, I realized that both...

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