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Debate Score:37
Arguments:32
Total Votes:37
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Is imagination more important than knowledge?

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

-Albert Einstein

Yes

Side Score: 24
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No

Side Score: 13
3 points

Students these days are being bombarded with the thoughts and opinions of others. They aren't being taught to think for themselves and search for the answers to unsolved mysteries. How do people expect for us to progress when students aren't being taught to think outside of the box? Theories are often played off as facts, so students do not realize that there are more questions that need to be answered.

Side: Yes
Intangible(4933) Clarified
1 point

How do you teach someone to think outside the box? And if it could be taught, then wouldn't that just be increasing the size of the box, which would be making the outside the inside?

Side: Yes
GuitarGuy(6096) Clarified
1 point

You give them more freedom to explore. Point out more of the mysteries in life. It is important to teach what we know, but I also think it is important to explain what we don't fully understand. I think by doing that it would give more students the incentive to try and solve life's mysteries.

Side: Yes
2 points

Imagination leads to curiosity which in turn leads to discovery which leads to knowledge itself which actually leads to something even better: wisdom.

Side: Yes
1 point

Well said... God.

Side: Yes
1 point

when you imagine something , you try to make that thing... even if it is small :)

Side: Yes
zephyr20x6(2385) Disputed
1 point

You need knowledge on how to make it though, don't know you?

Side: No
GuitarGuy(6096) Disputed
3 points

Like I said to TheEccentric, without imagination, we would still be in the stone age.

Side: Yes
2 points

Like... Duh!

Side: No
2 points

I believe that knowledge is more important than imagination. I use knowledge more than imagination. What can imagination do to help you in life. With knowledge it can give you a good job and a good life. I don't believe that imagination can help you get a good job or even a house.

Side: No
GuitarGuy(6096) Disputed
1 point

Imagination is the reason you are using a computer.

Side: Yes
11wolf(679) Disputed
1 point

But it takes knowledge just to even use a computer. From all of the controls and how it all works.

Side: No
Kite626(714) Disputed
1 point

Without imagination there is no knowledge. When human civilization began, so did knowledge along side it. I don't see how they could have procured knowledge then without imagining something than testing it. Imagination is the foundation, without it our knowledge would collapse.

Side: Yes

I think imagination is equally important as knowledge, though I do think this has a crucial point that needs to be said because our education system doesn't teach us on how to think rather on WHAT to think, knowledge. You need imagination to an extent to use logic and reason to interpret evidence. I need to be able to imagine what the evidence points to, at least to some extent.

Side: No

Unless you're going into a job that is artistic than no and knowledge is more important for survival, you need to know what is dangerous and what you need to do to survive and imagination plays little role in this.

Side: No
GuitarGuy(6096) Disputed
1 point

Imagination led to all of our inventions and many of our discoveries. Without imagination, we wouldn't even be out of the stone age yet.

Side: Yes
1 point

Neither would we without knowledge. In fact most of us would be dead if it weren't for knowledge.

Side: No
God_(507) Disputed
1 point

You need imagination to get knowledge (refer to my argument on the left).

Side: Yes

Reason is the product of imagination and knowledge, reason is more important then either imagination or knowledge. You can't have reason without accumulation of facts, or without being able visualize, when these two things combine, we get logic, reason, and critical thinking. This is my viewpoint on imagination and knowledge. Logic is the ability to imagine how all knowledge fits together.

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Side: No
1 point

Human creativity is one of the most highly valued human traits and one of the essential reasons why we have an evolutionary edge over everything nature has ever created. Creativity is very important.

Creativity presupposes imagination. In order to be creative we need to have the mental capacity to predict what the would be like of we were to do something or invent some tool. In order to predict like this we have to be imaginative. Therefore, imagination is necessary for creativity and creativity is very important. Imagination is therefore just as important as creativity.

Creativity is only useful in so far as it generates new knowledge. In a changing environment we have to continuously update out perspectives and come up with new ideas of how to surviveh. We have to know how to react in order to successfully live. The importance of creativity is therefore derived from one central premise. It's important to know to react, therefore it's important to be creative (and by extension imaginative). In other words creativity is subordinated knowledge because creativity's importance is derived from the importance of knowledge. In other words still, creativity is at most as important as knowledge.

Side: No