“We are all lifelong learners, from day one to twenty-thousand-and-one, and that’s why we keep exploring, wondering and discovering, yearning and learning, reaching with more than just our hands… The future belongs to the curious.”
Did you know space is completely silent with an immeasurable amount of stars? Are you curious yet?
I am and always have been.
I long to engage with the various questions that enter my brain on a daily basis. Do aliens really exist? How does time work, especially the calculation of light years? And are they multiple universes (watch The O.A…think about it). Questions upon questions and yet I haven’t had an existential crisis.
The best part… We don’t know.
I want to be amazed and intrigued by the things I don’t yet know (and yes, it’s a long list). Google is one of my closest friends when it comes to research, Google answers my questions quickly and allows further questions to appear. Google also doesn’t question what I’m asking because let’s face it, a lot of the time the questions are obscure.
The beauty of ‘The Digital Age’ is how information is so easily accessible. The idea that we can both ‘want’ and ‘like’ learning, based on our motivations to absorb information (Litman, 2005). The internet alone has opened a realm of knowledge made available to just about anyone who bothers to look or has the ability to do so – making us all the more curious.
Space is only one of the many aspects of science which I find fascinating despite having no talent for equations or the ability to do an actual experiment (hence my degree of choice being related to the arts). It comes back to my earlier point, we find ourselves interested in topics that we know little to nothing about.
Another facet of science – the human body. How does our brain communicate to our legs to walk, how does our liver grow back if required and why do we each have an individual set fingerprint? One question leads to another and before we know it, our questions overwhelm us. We begin to have more questions than answers. However, that’s when the concept of research comes in. When I search “Space” into Google, the results are vast and complex with about 3,010,000,000 results. Though, if I search “Why is Space silent?”, the vastness of the question begins to minimise. Despite still being a broad topic the question isn’t as large, allowing one to still be curious without becoming so overwhelmed that you simply give up. We must narrow our questions down in order for our curiosity to truly flourish as the act of curiosity is fundamental to being human.
- Litman, J.A 2005, ‘Curiosity and the pleasures of learning: Wanting and liking new information’, Cognition and Emotion, (19), 6, pp. 793-795, Psychology Press: Taylor and Francis Group, viewed 5 March 2017
- Loewenstein, G 1994, ‘The Psychology of Curiosity: A Review and Reintepreation’, Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 116, No. 1, pp. 75-77, The American Psychological Association. Inc., viewed 5 March 2017
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