Throughout History art as well as science have evolved, not because of people accept the common way of thinking but because someone thinks in a different way. In this sense we can quote Picasso when he says ?Others have seen what is and asked why, I have seen what could be and asked why not?? We can go over this sentence and realize that there could be different ways of thinking which, in the end, would take us to evolution.

The first part of the sentence point out how some explanations can be found asking why it happens in this way. As an illustration it comes to my mind the case of law of flotation. Only by considering that other materials apart from wood could float was it thought that different materials could be used. Then, asking ?why? this rule was discovered and how it has nothing to do with materials but with fluid displaced. Asking why and looking for explanations allow scientists to understand how the world works.

Nonetheless, some people have chosen to start thinking from the end. I mean, you can imagine something that in some stage of knowledge is considered quite impossible, then all forces and energies required to reach the result are gathered and the miracle happens. I am sure you, readers, are thinking in Julio Verne and in all the devices he imagined.

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All in all, these two ways to analyze and go over different topics have allowed us to be more creative in arts, to navigate Oceans, to send a rocket to the Moon, or even to cure disease that were formerly incurable. And, as in the past, now they are important too because Humanity needs to continue its evolution.

I like this quote, but also I like the one by David Bohn: ?the ability to perceive or think differently is more important than the knowledge gained?. In this case the accent is placed on intuition. If we were capable to forget what we have learned, we could listen to the truth inside us and then replay to the question ?why not?? with a different answer.

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