What Is the Value of Imagination in Science?

Frank Wilczek | Big Questions Online

How do we learn? Learning about learning isn’t easy, but since the rewards are potentially enormous, it’s worth looking hard to find answers. One way to begin is to ask what non-human examples, from biology and technology, teach us about learning.

The world’s most impressive example of learning is all around us, in the phenomenon of life. Living organisms have “learned” how to gather energy and information amidst a complex environment to grow, to repair themselves, and to produce offspring that repeat those feats.

Biological evolution’s learning strategy, through which the biosphere’s organisms became so sophisticated, is, of course, natural selection.

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