May 31, 2016 by yukidaru
Two years ago, shocking news ran through Japan. A scientist claimed of the success in the reproduction of the STAP cell, and was treated as a significant discovery. However, after few investigations, it was revealed that she used another cell in order to fake the creation of the cell, also other methods in the faking of the discovery. From this news, I thought that (ignoring about whether she did it on purpose or not) scientific discovery comes from a small question and the imagination of the scientist. Moreover, scientific discovery is in an extremely close position with false. In this case, imagination was used in a way that should not be used, to cheat rather than to discover. It is possible that she was so eager to get a result; she did something she should not do. People might think that imagination as a way of knowing harms people, but I think that imagination is greatly necessary in gaining new knowledge.
Imagination is a special function that human beings have. We are allowed to create our fictional world based on what we obtained in the real world. Other animals might also be able to imagine things, but something special with human being is that we can express it outside of ourselves, to the others, influencing others. For example, scientific experiments are created based on scientific knowledge, and imagination. Without new methods of experiment, there will be no possibility of new knowledge gained.
I believe that imagination is the origin of every discovery, including the other AOKs and WOKs. For instance, language is an important piece of device in order for people to communicate and share their personal knowledge making it into a shared knowledge for everyone. To gain new knowledge, language is definitely needed. This convenient and significant tool is created by imagination. For example, the creation of Hanzi (Kanji) is due to the imagination of the ancient Chinese people, where they saw and transferred nature as symbols, in the form that people can understand. Kanji played a significant role in ancient China and Japan, when the famous philosophers and governors wanted to express and share their idea. The development of the ideas that they gain comes from their studies and imagination. Art adds the painter or drawers sensitivity to what they want to express, it is a kind of language and is created by the combination of things that the painters see in the real world and in their inner world. For the study of history, imagination might seem not suited, but I think to develop yourself as a historian, imagination is necessary in order to imagine how the people in the old time thought and why the acted out in certain ways. History is not just about gaining knowledge and remembering what kind of event had happened in the past. Of course, evidence is needed, but imagination supports the new discovery of historical facts. Last but not least, natural science and human science needs imagination for new discoveries, which is the new knowledge that people gain. If there is a lack of imagination, people would only accept what happens in front of them, and except it with out thinking.
From my experience, imagination helps me to study. To understand theories and laws in science subjects, I use my imagination to visualize what I want to understand or remember. For instance for biology classes, it is hard to just remember what the textbook is saying, but it would be much easier to understand and gain the knowledge that I need by visualization. To visualize, imagination plays a great role.
Imagination can make 0 into 1 or make 1 into 100. In other words, it makes anything possible. But to imagine, understanding the events and laws in the universe is crucial. Without the understanding of the facts, imagination cannot be expanded. This might be contradicting because, I don’t know if imagination comes first before the gain of knowledge, or gain of knowledge comes first before imagination, which leads to the gaining of new knowledge. Anyway, the connection of imagination and understanding is significant, and cannot be ignored.