Imagination vs. intelligence [*guest post*]

I bumped in to an enlightening thread on Quora with five folks in the community chewing on the topic. Have an inspired read:

If you’re trying to just be an average contributing member of society – imagination is not important at all, and intelligence is somewhat important. If you’re trying to break new ground, well, intelligence is more important than the previous scenario, but imagination is even more important. — Arko Sen

Intelligence is raw horsepower. Imagination is able to think outside the box. In a metaphor, computing processes tend to only deal with what has been programmed in. It can chop it up in many different ways but is based on what was presented. We call them concrete thinkers. Imaginers are able to use the light of their mind and image something never seen before. It adds a quality to the basics the machine can never foresee. Afterwords it might seem so obvious but then it has already been revealed. — Mike Leary

Intelligence is the ability to recognize concepts in situ, as well as apply them as stated. Imagination is the ability and the willingness to apply textbook concepts to situations where they don’t necessarily fit. Imagination allows one to see connections between things that intelligence may not see directly. Imagination is the fuel for creativity. Along with imagination, one must have the willingness to pursue it…even into the realm of the absurd. — Drew Spevak

Intelligence is knowing the rules. With good knowledge of rules, player has a high chance of winning. Success. Imagination is breaking away from the rules. Success now, has nothing to do with the rules or the game or winning. Living. — Anonymous

In order to invent something that is not, you have to be able to imagine it as though it existed. This requires something more than just plain logic and facts. New ideas do not leap out of physical reality by themselves. They have to be pulled out of our imagination kicking and screaming. — Robert J. Kolker