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What's Changing? - Curiosity



Curiosity is the lust of the mind - Thomas Hobbes


Please see below selected recent curiosity-related change.


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November 2023


September 2023

  • Psychologist Dacher Keltner, in his book, Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life, argued that an appreciation of the world - whether through e.g. appreciating natural beauty or simply being with a friend - not only benefits us mentally and emotionally but is a crucial part of our physiological health. A big part of well-being, he claimed, comes from what primatologist Jane Goodall called “being amazed at things outside yourself.”


August 2023

  • In psychology, curiosity can be thought of as a state (when you are curious about something in the moment) and as a trait, or a tendency to be curious, that is more consistent. The fact that humans are highly curious early in life is well known. The psychologist William James wrote in 1899 that curiosity was ‘the impulse towards better cognition’, or wanting to understand something that you currently don’t. He said curiosity pushed children towards novelty, towards that which was ‘bright, vivid, startling’.


May 2023

  • Ian Leslie, in his book Curious, noted that the Enlightenment kickstarted a historic explosion of new ideas and innovations and even today there is mounting evidence that embracing curiosity is important to our well-being. Research shows it to be associated with such personal benefits as increased creativity, life satisfaction, academic performance, and job satisfaction.
  • Psychologists Todd Kashdan and Paul Silvia meanwhile asked us to imagine what life would be like without the experience of curiosity. There'd be no exploration of the self and world, introspection, search for meaning in life, aesthetic appreciation, scientific pursuits, innovation, and, to some degree, personal growth. Curiosity is therefore clearly advantageous


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May 2022

  • The Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity launched. The US-based educational nonprofit features a collection of thousands of prototypes and models left by the mid 20th-century design power couple Ray and Charles Eames. It’s all accessible virtually for now, but plans on opening as a museum in the future.
  • In its most mature forms – in adults who have flourished as lifelong wonderers – wonder promotes sustained excavation of the rich causal architectures of the world. It helps us to appreciate everything around us more fully. We come to see a more richly textured and dynamic reality. For example, through wondering and learning about how and why songbirds sing, how the first flowers break through frozen ground, and how animals hibernate, we see and experience in more immersive and rewarding ways, argued Frank Keil, author of Wonder: Childhood and the Lifelong Love of Science.
  • The page on curiosity on the Character Lab website from the psychologist Angela Duckworthis a learning resource for wonder-related activities


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?