Albert Einstein said of fantasy: When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

This idea that fantasy is valuable isn't unusual. Neil Gaiman said that the Chinese added fantasy and fiction into their school curriculum because they felt it would lead to more creativity. 

So what about "absorbing positive knowledge"?  How does that work? Is new knowledge found between the imagined thoughts? Do those new thought need a foundation so they pull from a larger base of knowledge? Then if that works what about the pure joy of getting out of our day to day world and just enjoying the trip? Maybe that is where new knowledge lives? We have to be free from what is blocking our vision. 

Seems like it is worth it even if it is just an escape and nothing new occurs? Could that happen?

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Neil Gaiman, the view from the cheap seats

In this book Neil Gaiman talked about fantasy and imagination.  What he learned from his trip to China is very interesting regarding this subject................


Neil Gaiman, Coraline

This is Neil Gaiman’s first fantasy book for children, but adults will quickly be absorbed into the plot. The New York Times Book Review said that is was “One of the most frightening books ever written”................