Reply To: In most professions and academic fields, imagination is more important than knowledge.
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Although I essentially agree that in copious professions and academic fields, imagination seems more important than knowledge, speaker actually draws an imprudent and absolute conclusion，undervalues the complexity of the situation. Accordingly, the applicability of the assertion is dubious when it comes to some particular statements. Specifically，when considering whether the claim is accurate, I prefer to dispute that if speaker exaggerates or underestimates the fact, meanwhile meditate on it from different and concrete circumstances or standpoints.
The speaker’s claim understates how terrible just owning imagination without necessary knowledge is. From this point of view, knowledge is at least as significant as imagination. even more consequential than it. That is, because we need to unremittingly study and exercise to maintain a high level of knowledge, but imagination is something requires no myriad practice. Thinking too highly of imagination will make people overlook the necessity of working hard on knowledge, which always means a fatal indolence when it comes to most professional and academic fields.
Furthermore, the claim amounts to an overstatement when it comes to the effectiveness of imagination. Renowned professors in professions and academic fields may ascribe their achievements to ideas coming from their imagination, but don’t forget all of them are firstly erudite in their fields. Indeed, most of us have to spend a lot both in time and vigor when we are imaging, unless we get enough knowledge that can help us confine the province in our naturally infinitive minds. Even after we own sufficient knowledge, imagination is still a marathon. In short, imagination can not leave the basis of knowledge, and imagination itself is not a shortcut for achievement. It’s effectiveness does not match such an important position.
Notwithstanding, I still fundamentally agree with the claim when it comes to the essence of the knowledge and imagination. Knowledge is what we already know, but what we are looking for in most professions and academic fields is something we know nothing. Researchers do not have the prescience to know the content, even the form, of the conclusion in numerous researches, from this point of view, imagination is more significant than knowledge, because it is the imagination, not the knowledge, can grasp something out of “nothing”.
In the final analysis, as for the speaker’s broader assertion, I agree that imagination is more important than knowledge has its rationale. Nonetheless, accuracy of the claim is suspectable in particular statements mentioned above, that the claim belittles the outcome if someone only has imagination without enough knowledge, at the same time overstates how effective imagination is.