mrcreek: Rana palustris, the pickerel frog (Default)
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." –Albert Einstein

As a scientist, I traffic in knowledge. My professional task is to discover true facts about the natural world. The role of imagination in science is sometimes underappreciated by non-scientists, but it is essential to formulating new hypotheses and ways to test them. Scientists use imagination as a means to reach the goal of knowledge.

This Dreamwidth account is about doing the opposite: using knowledge as a means to reach the goal of imagination. Here, I will appreciate imagination for its own sake, using what I know to be real to help me contemplate what could be real, in this universe or another. If developing my creative and wondering side helps me to be a better scientist, perhaps leading to an indefinite positive feedback loop of imagination and knowledge, then, well, yay. If not, I suspect it will still help me to be a better person.

This account is also a celebration of my relationship with my best beloved partner, wintercreek. As a humanities type, she plays opposite me in Snow's Two Cultures. With our distinct interests and backgrounds, we balance each other like a yin-yang and help each other to grow. She has introduced me to the world of fandoms and transformative works. Part of what I plan to explore here will be the similarities and differences in the ways that she and I approach and appreciate stories and build upon them.

As a youth, I thought of myself as both a scientist and an artist. I spend more time on the science part these days, but at various times in the past I have invested a great deal of time and energy writing songs and poems, drawing cartoons, acting in plays, and throughout all of these activities helping to tell stories. I hope I continue to do so in the future.


mrcreek: Rana palustris, the pickerel frog (Default)

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