I’d like to start by telling you how I got to this subject; because this helps understand how I got to the conclusions I drew. It all began with a discovery channel documentary called Curiosity – Humankind that I was watching the other day and it left me with quite a few tangents that I wanted to explore about what had led us to who we are today and the only notion that I was able to come up with as a possible answer to this is Human Curiosity.
Curiosity is the desire to learn and explore something just for the sake of learning and exploring it.
We often seek a coherent map of reality. So when we discover an “information gap” in our map, we are driven to learn new information to close that gap. We tend to prefer certainty over uncertainty.
Curiosity can provide us with a certain amount of pleasure and arousal. When we’re always around familiar environments and stimuli, we usually get bored and dull quickly. Curiosity motivates us to seek new experiences and new sensations.
At the end of the day, the more new information we have, the better we can adapt to our environment. So it makes sense that humans would evolve to experience curiosity in a variety of ways, and somehow I have a strong intuition that curiosity drives Natural Selection – the reason why human beings are the most powerful species right now, but my research does not have enough arguments to back that fact yet.
Humans like to understand things and how the world works. Curiosity is ultimately the pull that motivates us to learn and explore new things. And in many ways, every step in human progress – every learning, every knowledge, every discovery and every invention – first began from a spark of curiosity.
Curiosity can be perceived as the opposite of fear. Both are responses to “uncertainty” in the world. But while fear inhibits us from exploring our environment and taking new risks, curiosity motivates us to explore it more and take those new risks.
In this way, curiosity can be a type of disinfectant toward fear. While fear motivates us to move away, curiosity motivates us to move toward. With enough curiosity, you can override any fear.
Many of the most successful people throughout history were also those who were incredibly curious about life. They had hungry minds with a never-ending appetite for learning, experimentation, and growth.
I would like to leave you with a thought by Aristotle -It is mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
– Sachin Sengar