This first paragraph comes from an earlier post I wrote about Bad Data, Click Bait & Productivity Tools you can start here or skip directly to the writing prompt IN BOLD.
There is a fantastic series of books from a cool organization called Edge.Org. Each year, they ask the top scientific thinkers of the world a question. The one from 2005 was, What do you think is true, even though you can not prove it? Awesome question that allows the brightest minds to speculate about their ideas publically without needing to have any proof, or in other words, to say what direction their studies have taken them without needing to back it up with numbers. For instance, I like this quote from Yale Chief Scientist David Gelernter, “I believe (I know—but can’t prove!) that scientists will soon understand the physiological basis of the “cognitive spectrum,” from the bright violet of tightly-focused analytic thought all the way down to the long, slow red of low-focus sleep thought—also known as “dreaming.” Once they understand the spectrum, they’ll know how to treat insomnia, will understand analogy-discovery (and therefore creativity), and the role of emotion in thought—and will understand that thought takes place not only when you solve a math problem but when you look out the window and let your mind wander.”
And lastly a writing prompt:
When was the last time you remember experiencing magic in your life? Was it a coincidence too uncanny to forget? Did you have a dream that somehow explained a mystery? Did you come across a stranger that changed the course of your life? We have all had things happen that we call magic. One word that you can say to someone and it communicates the sense of the supernatural, the thing that can be believed in, but never proven.