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by Matthew Tonkin — Mar 21
I very much agree with the content of this article.

On the topic of data vs imagination, I'm of the belief that Intelligence and Knowledge aren't mutually inclusive. In my opinion there are many differences, but Intelligence allows you to create, gain and apply new knowledge.

To an extent, Imagination is to Data what Intelligence is to Knowledge.

It's possible that Einstein was lucky enough to have had limited formal education. Lucky because he didn't gain (or didn't accept) the incumbent knowledge and data in his field. This left him with his Intelligence and Imagination that broke boundaries.

It's hard to break boundaries with data and knowledge alone.

"If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses." --Henry Ford

I've worked with knowledgeable people who have spent years in Universities but I wouldn't rank them as intelligent. On the other hand I've worked with people who have no formal training and are entirely self taught who are some of the most intelligent people I know. Combining these 2 groups can lead to an abrasive environment, but bridging the gap and finding common ground can lead to great things.
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