In most professions and academic fields, imagination is more important than knowledge.
Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.
Everyone develops an imagination once they come to be a certain age. However, knowledge, on the other hand, is accumulated and constructed over time as we get older in age and further along in our academic career. Being able to have a broad sense of imagination allows for a multitude of new ideas that can potentially enhance a profession or academic field. Consequently, being able to supply that skill of imagination with a surplus of knowledge is ideal in perfecting one’s profession or academic field. However, the prompt states that imagination is actually more important than knowledge when it comes to most professions or an academic fields. I moderately disagree with this proposal, as being educated, backing claims or ideas with empirical support are far stronger than making a claim based on one’s imagination, for two reasons.
First, since everyone develops an imagination at some point in their life, there would be no use for education and higher education if humans solely relied on their imagination. One’s imagination allows them to go so far until further knowledge is needed. For instance, a doctor that holds a PhD in Pediatric Neurosurgery did not finish their bachelor’s degree by imagining the different brain parts and functions of a three-year-old. Nor did they learn how to operate on a small human brain by closing their eyes and imagining how they would complete such a travailing surgery. The above example indicates that it is evident that a successful doctor that holds such a high degree accomplished this through gaining knowledge over the course of their life. Professions that include operating on people, saving people’s lives, or that require one to be cogent during a situation, are all professions that must have required some amount of knowledge. Relying on purely imagination would not allow for people’s lives to be saved each and every day.
Secondly, gaining knowledge over the course of one’s life allows human interaction to be enhanced because different pieces of information are being shared with a solid foundation, thus enhancing the human race by allowing for even more knowledge to be absorbed. For instance, if a person without a certification in nutrition wanted to understand how they should be eating and properly fueling their body, chances are they would find a certified intrusions The reason for listening to someone of this caliber is because they are, in fact, knowledgeable about the topic that needs to be discussed about. Very rarely would we see someone taking any type of advice from another person that claims the advice is based on purely imagination. While being able to imagine different cases in which someone would lose this much weight or have to eat this amount of protein is important in determining the best plan for someone, it is ultimately based on the foundation of one’s knowledge.
Of course, some may claim that not everyone has the opportunity to gain a greater amount of knowledge, so they resort to their imagination instead. While this may remain true, it is a mistake to say that most professions and academic fields rely more on imagination because one’s imagination has to be based on some type of knowledge or we would not have a starting point for that idea. For the above reasons, I find it problematic to say most professions rely on imagination rather than knowledge. If imagination was enough, there would be no need for technology, teachers, or higher levels of education.
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