Einstein Ought To Know: Imagination Is More Important Than Knowledge

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. This is an absolute fact. Imagination stimulates our creativity and takes us to places we might never go. Knowledge can be useful but knowledge also hampers and prevents us. People are stopped by what they ‘know’.

Even the best scientists, often, can’t see past the limitations of the accepted known into new unexplored dimensions. They are stopped by what they’re certain about. All science is yesterday’s news. It was true then. It may still apply or it may not. We just don’t know, yet.

Scientific ‘fact’ is theory. The aim of science is to create theories that help explain and illuminate. The first goal in the scientific method is a well constructed, operationalized test, that can be verified and replicated. Then tests are carried out and the results examined.

Knowledge Is Limited – Imagination Encircles The World

If the results can be duplicated then they may be onto something. Scientists try to disprove the null hypothesis. They try to disprove their research premise or theory. If they fail to disprove it they may accept is as the best explanation they have to date.

In a nutshell it works this way. Until there is a better explanation ‘science’ accepts the best theory they have to date. Science isn’t about truth it is about exploring and finding the best descriptions. Temporary answers that move us forward to the next discovery.

Science is about uncovering ‘what is’ but not becoming religious about it. However, frequently scientists do. The best minds of the day are often the loudest voices against innovations. ‘If humans were meant to fly God would have given them wings!’

The Man Who Has No Imagination Has No Wings

Often times new, legitimate research has difficulty finding  journal publication because it counters the current, accepted scientific views. If it goes against popular theory or there is no money in it may get reported.  Alternately, some ‘science’ is bought and paid for.

Sadly, in our day, scientific research is reported daily in media without waiting for results to be replicated.  Duplication is a hallmark tenant of the scientific method. If a research can’t be replicated it may be considered questionable.

One example doesn’t cut it. We don’t make a case on one. We rely on more verification for research to be accepted. At least good science does. Media doesn’t care what is good science. It only cares what brings up the ratings and the profits through viewership.

Logic Gets You A to Z – Imagination Takes You Everywhere Else

This is why one day it is reported that, researchers of one study, found X is beneficial for you and the next day another study finds that X isn’t. This is media exploitation, not science.  Many people either believe it and quote it, or assume it is all just media junk.

Either way it impacts on our thinking. Imagination means going beyond what is and what is known. It allows us to move beyond the limitations or what is known about a problem and look into other possibilities. We ought not be stopped by what we know.

Often, however, we are. When attempting to create something new inertia needs to be overcome. Even some of the most progressive minds display resistance when it comes to new and novel ideas. Remember, what we resist persists and this is true of science too.

The World Is But A Canvas To Our Imagination

Accepting new ideas doesn’t mean running to a roof top and trying to fly. If you want to try to fly begin by ascending from the sidewalk not leaping from great heights. Prudence, common sense, which is not so common, is also required. Safety first is a useful frame.

Imagination can take us to places we would never go. It allows us to think big and think beyond the given. It allows us to triumph over circumstances and become the person of our dreams. Act as if, our visualizations, our mental movies are directing our imagination.

Unrestrained imagination can be wildly creative or frivolous fantasy. Directed, intentional use of imagination can help us achieve great things and accomplish our goals and our purpose. Think big, dream big, plan big, don’t let not knowing how stop you, instead adventure.

Real Discovery Is Not New Landscapes But Seeing With New Eyes

Explore. Go for it. Do it!  Act as if you are already that person you want to be. Mentally live it and rehearse it. See it, feel it, speak it, behave it, be it and you can become it. You become what you think about the most. Transform yourself by what IS possible.

Don’t be like the scientist who says no to innovation. The present circumstance, though dire, okay terrible, are not the final answer. Neither are glorious circumstances. Circumstances should not dictate how far you go. You should dictate that. You decide!

Triumph over your circumstances. Learn from them. Grow from them. Discover new ways of being and doing because of them. Accept their challenge and be victorious. If you give up you will have succeeded in giving up. If you keep going you can succeed.

The Results You Get – You Bring About What You Think About 

You decide what your future will be each moment. Give yourself permission to dream big and discover new potential. Had the Wright Brothers not thought about soaring in the skies we might not have flown yet. Thomas Savery conceived of the steam engine.

Had Edison not thought about making electric light available we might not have lamps, television or movies, and much more. Tesla provided us with alternating current. Ford the automobile. Gates, Jobs and others computers, software and smart phones.

Einstein revolutionized science and stated, ‘imagination IS more important than knowledge’. Napoleon Hill stated, ‘What the mind of man can conceive and bring itself to believe, it can achieve’. To innovate we need to dream it up AND believe we can accomplish it.

Imagination And Creativity Can Change Your World

What we focus on we get. What we think about we bring about. Many people use their imagination to end up with less than glorious or even horrible results. Fearing the worst, they worry and rehearse negative circumstances in their mind. Then they live out the results.

Stop negative planning and creation! Create what you want instead of what you don’t want. Focus on what you want. Focus on the good, the positive, and use your imagination to bring that about. What YOU think about YOU bring about. Keep it in mind and celebrate everything!” Rex Sikes

Delight in the day!

*** We are planning some new things! Soon  A Teleseminar with Rex  What are your questions, what do you want to know, what would you like help with? Use the comment section to let me know. I’ll let you know when, meanwhile, please let me know what you’d like. ***

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