In each of the following, choose from a scale of \(1 \ to \ 5\) which of these statements you most agree with or is most applicable to yourself. Choose just one of the numbers \(1 \ \to 5\) in each of the 25 statements :
Choose 5 for most agree=most applicable option, down to 1 for least
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might discover and create.
Imagination is the process of recombining memories of past experiences and images into novel constructions. Thus, imagination is both creative and constructive, it can be either wishful or realistic, involve future plans, or be merely a mental review of the past. Imagination, perception and memory are essentially similar mental
processes and can each be defined as follows:
Imagination : The conscious mental process of invoking ideas or images of objects and events.
Perception : The conscious integration of sensory impressions of external objects and events, including how we perceive others and how others perceive us. It also envelopes how we perceive the world as a whole ^ the big picture ^ and how we perceive different scenarios and situations that appear within the big picture.
Memory (the ninth intelligence) : The mental evocation of past experiences.
One important aspect of perception is the ability to see more than one point of view. If, for example, you look at the two drawings below, at first glance what you see appears to be quite unambiguous:
However, if you continue to stare at each figure in turn, and keep your attention on it focused, then the orientation suddenly shifts and you find yourself looking at a quite different figure from what you first imagined.
These two figures, therefore, illustrate the importance of perception. Two different viewpoints appear ^ yet they are both correct. If anything, this teaches us that we should endeavour to see both viewpoints, and both sides of an argument.
Now look at the figure below.What do you see?
Most people will say that the figure is the letter E. If, however, they look closely they will see that there is no letter E, just three sets of lines. It is because our mind is conditioned to what it believes it wants to see, i.e. the image of the most common letter of the alphabet, which it has seen many thousands of times, that it completes the object for you and makes you come to the conclusion that you perceive something that in reality does not exist.
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, The olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
Again, our mind has taken over. It knows from past experience what it wants to see, and as a result the task of reading what, at first, appears be a load of mumbo-jumbo is surprisingly easy.
Check Logical Reasoning : Part I and Logical Reasoning : Part II.
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