Thursday, February 25, 2010

Daily Practice 56/365

Title: "Failing to find hidden meanings"
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Imagination is arguably our greatest sense, more important that intelligence for setting us apart from other species. It's interesting to consider the interplay between imagination and intellect. Starting from the observation of a cafeteria plate wobbling in the air after being flung by a student, a mix of imagination and intelligence lead Richard Feynman to solve a problem in physics that he had been working on, the solution of which resulted in a Nobel Prize.

Yet letting our imagination run wild can lead to confusing twists and turns, trying to find meaning or motivations where none exists. Constructing stories from long ago, on the basis of some half-forgotten relic. Those flowers, kept in a box until they crumbled to the touch - what dark secrets were hidden there?

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