To what extent does imagination take a paper in the natural sciences?

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Natural sciences are catalogued as a branch of science concerned with the description, prediction, and understanding of natural phenomena, based on observational and empirical evidence.

When we study natural sciences, just by revising note or experimenting a lot of ways of knowing start to come up. For instance, in order to predict a solution for a problem we will use memory, sense perception and probably intuition.

All of this ways will help the scientist or students to investigate and explore new areas that without them might not even have thought of them. On the other hand there so many ways of knowing that are sure to not be as useful in this case like imagination.

A lot of researchers have stated that imagination is used for personal situations like when the subject is thinking about future projects or things they will like to do but on the other side, a lot of scientists, reporters and even philosophers have studied that without imagination a lot of the science we know such as chemical and physical theories would not exist.

For instance, if Columbus did not think about they the Earth was as a simple imagination or Newton did not plan in his head why and Apple felt from a tree, we would not know half of the things we have learned from this theories and states.

It is true that imagination is not the basis for an experiment or neither to find the solution to an equation but without it, it will be quite difficult to get to know how the natural environment behave and therefore learn it as we have been doing for the past centuries.

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One thought on “To what extent does imagination take a paper in the natural sciences?

  1. Hi Socorro,

    Good post that shows the role of imagination in science. I would like to see a little more explanation of how your examples illustrate your point. You assume that the reader understands the role of imagination in the discoveries of newton and galileo instead of describing them in detail.

    5. The post uses a well formulated knowledge question and is explored successfully using a real life example/s

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