Imagination is the gem of human evolution
I claim throughout this website that empathy is the highest evolved capacity of human beings.
Empathy requires imagination for the observer to insert herself into the mind of another human.
You imagine what it's like to be another person when you empathize with them: thoughts, emotions, passions.
Empathy is a form of imagination and creativity
Both empathy and imagination are essential to humans, and it's interesting that they are so closely connected.
Empathy and imagination are connected to the powers that make us uniquely human.
Creativity manifests imagination in a physical way. Van Gogh's Starry Starry Night, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Shakespeare's Hamlet. All are physical manifestations of creativity.
Does it follow that heightened imagination and empathy make a person more creative?
The causation is difficult to figure out, but you must agree that they are all positive abilities. I suggest that these traits are bound up together, with creativity and empathy enabled by the human imagination.
And from this font emerge the best human powers.
What about reason and science?
Scientists have well documented the fact the story of science emerges from the imagination and reason of humans.
Other mental faculties are closely involved, but imagination and creativity are crucial elements of science.
Famously, Albert Einstein developed his grandest theories using thought experiments, or imaginative stories he told himself to see what would happen "if."
Albert Einstein claimed that "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." We often underestimate the importance of our ability to imagine.
Science itself is the grand narrative of the pursuit of truth. The sciences tell stories, which can be tested through experimentation to narrow down the truth.
Science is the ultimate story, the highest truth creator.
And who tells the story? The human brain weaves the narrative of science, neurons firing, chemicals shifting, The brain's ultimate purpose is to tell the story of human existence and the truths that made this grand accident happen.
Imagination, empathy, creativity, reason, and science function are the best storytellers evolution has created.
The whole story of human existence in the universe will ultimately be told by scientists empowered with these gifts.
Imagination enables other powerful human gifts
Human's use the tools of reason to test truths suggested by science and learning, art and creativity. Science tells a story as do the other powers humans possess.
Scientists are the sages and prophets who develop, remember, and tell our grand story. Science replaces the gods of past that Nietzsche first realized were all dead. Our new, more powerful stories of science have killed them.
Imagination empowers the creative eye to see what is not yet known to be real.
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