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What's Changing? - Curiosity

Curiosity

 

Curiosity is the lust of the mind - Thomas Hobbes

 

Please see below selected recent curiosity-related change.

 

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September 2021

 

August 2021

  • University of Michigan psychologist Ethan Kross defined awe as “the wonder we feel when we encounter something powerful that we can’t easily explain.” Often the things which bring us awe have an element of vastness and complexity...a starry night sky, an act of great kindness, or the beauty of something small and intricate. Cultivating experiences of awe is especially important and helpful now as we renew our energy and make plans for a more hopeful future. That’s because beyond physical effects like tingling and goosebumps and a lowered heart rate under stress, awe also affects us emotionally, noted the HBR.

 

February 2021

  • The authors of The Curious Advantage, add that, in these volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times, organisations must nurture, develop and ignite curiosity. Curiosity lies at the heart of human achievement, including cave dwellers’ tools and complex societies. Natural curiosity in children often diminishes as parents and others unwittingly discourage it. Through history, societies that stayed open to outside ideas thrived. In organisations, a willingness to diversify and connect generates a powerful network effect of shared knowledge and curiosity.

 

December 2020

  • A good leader knows that innovation comes from encouraging and rewarding curiosity, even if - especially if - it means breaking the rules. When we open ourselves to curiosity, we tend to see tough problems as interesting challenges. We build stronger networks and stronger teams. We are motivated to go the extra mile. But promoting curiosity is not as easy as it sounds. In one recent survey, only about 24 percent of workers said they felt curious in their jobs on a regular basis and about 70 percent said they faced barriers to asking more questions in the office.

 

August 2020

  • An Oxford University fellow argued that curiosity should be nurtured and valued far more in life, as she belies that it’s the fuel of creativity. It pulls you from the known (where you're certain), into the unknown (confused). The place where we make new connections between old ideas. Where knowledge bits and pieces combine to generate something new.

 

July 2020

  • Curiosity lies at the heart of human achievement, including cave dwellers’ tools and complex societies. However, natural curiosity in children often diminishes as parents and others unwittingly discourage it. It then appears to be difficult for adults to (re-)develop. The authors of The Curiosity Advantage counter by arguing that, contrary to conventional wisdom, most people crave the ambiguity, change and novelty that ignite the curiosity that leads to learning. Curiosity can tap the reward and pleasure centres of your brain, they believe, sparking the release of dopamine, which permits new connections between neurons. Like anything that delivers pleasure, curiosity can grow addictive. 

 

May 2020

 

September 2019

  • The Power of Questions argues that, as a society, we tend to focus a lot on answers. Answers are solutions to problems. We tend to give less prestige to questions. Asking questions means you want to learn, but shouldn’t mean pressure to begin with the big questions, the ones we all confront at one time or another, like the meaning of life, or what exists beyond our physical experience of earth. There is a significant amount to be learned from the seemingly mundane ones, questions that seem so basic, once many people reach their teenage years they no longer bother asking - because they either think we know the answer or are afraid of admitting they don’t.

 

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July 2018 

  • Are we becoming increasingly oblivious to others and to the world around us?

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