Education: Science v. Imagination

Liberal arts majors on campus, and in later life, too, often get a grating impression that physical science majors consider the choice of "hard" sciences an automatic proof of intellectual superiority. But is it? Definitely not in Britain, anyway, says Psychologist Liam Hudson of Cambridge University—not if the criterion is a capacity for imaginative thinking.

In the British magazine Nature, Hudson reports on results he got from tests based on the creativity theories of University of Chicago Psychologists Jacob W. Getzels and Philip W. Jackson (TIME, Oct. 31, 1960). They put forward the now respected idea that a high IQ is not...

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