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YES, I have been through this thought recently and after having gone through quite a few personal experiences, I have come to realize the fact that art is the driving force behind all the sciences.

To understand anything abstract you need to have some kind of analogy to absorb the abstract reality. Because mostly people see things through eyes, whereas in order to see an abstract reality, you need to have an imaginative mind which can visualize the abstract.

Let me give you an analogy, if you happen to have seen a frog ready to take a leap, it stretches its hind legs and gives its body a thrust through the hind legs. Similarly if you see the movement of a jellyfish, its spreads its tentacles and through their thrust moves forward.

Same is the case with all the knowledge faculties, especially sciences. First of all one goes through certain experience, then he uses his imaginative power to develop a philosophy to understand that experience and convert it into knowledge. That philosophy is the outcome of his imagination and imagination is the basis of art. That’s the reason why in sciences 2+2 is always 4, whereas in art 2+2 could be +50 or -20.

Art is the hind leg of the frog or tentacles of the jellyfish respectively, but when frog or the jellyfish jumps or moves into the direction of its movement, it is in that single direction. It is similar to science or mathematics, i.e. 2+2 is always 4.

So in order to reach to a scientific conclusion, you need to develop a philosophy in the art form and then take a giant leap into the sciences. That could be the reason why, Einstein said “Imagination is more Powerful then Knowledge”.

Sajjad Hussain

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