What you need to know about curiosity


A new book by a New York Times columnist on curiosity has stirred debate. 

The Curious American by William Greider examines how curiosity has evolved from a curiosity that was born out of a need to find new ways to explore, to a curiosity we want to know more about.

In Greider’s telling, curiosity was once about looking at things, then thinking about them, then getting interested in them, and now it’s about the answers.

What’s the connection? 

Greider says we need curiosity not just for our curiosity about the world, but also for the search for meaning in it.

Greider argues curiosity is often a way to escape boredom, for a more exciting experience.

In other words, it’s a way for us to escape from our day-to-day lives and to find something new to look at.

But Greider seems to have missed a crucial point: curiosity is not just a way of getting more of what we want.

Greiders book, The Curious American, also doesn’t make the case that curiosity is a virtue, and that we shouldn’t have a curiosity-based economy.

Instead, Greider says curiosity is about learning. 

“In other ways, curiosity is like a game.

It’s a means of finding the answers to questions you haven’t considered,” he writes. 

And learning isn’t just about getting answers to things that you have already figured out, or figuring out new things about the things you already know.

It’s about discovering something new, and about seeing what you’ve already discovered. 

In other contexts, learning is about discovering new ways of knowing things, about learning new things. 

Greiders point to how we learn about music, science, and history in different ways.

We’re interested in learning about the history of music, but it’s important to note that we’re also interested in how music works, and why it works that way. 

We’re also fascinated by the history and culture of a certain country, but that’s only because we want our own version of the country to be our own. 

That’s what a curiosity is, in this sense.

It can be a source of curiosity, as in the way you want to learn about something new and different.

Or it can be just a source for curiosity. 

For example, curiosity can be the source of wonder.

We find new things when we want them to be, and we discover them because we’re curious about them. 

As a matter of fact, I was curious about what the answer was to a mystery for a long time.

I started looking for it, but then I found a different answer that I thought was more interesting.

So I did a little research and came up with a new answer.

So it’s not a matter for the answer, it is for the question.

What does that mean for a book like The Curious America? 

The question is: Why are we curious?

And how do we learn to do so? 

As Greider writes:The Curious Americans is a fascinating book, but there are several important questions to answer.

The first is: What is the relationship between curiosity and curiosity itself?

The book explores that question in a series of essays. 

How did curiosity arise?

What is its function?

What does it mean for the economy of curiosity?

The answer to the first question and answer to all of the others lies in Greiders analysis of how curiosity is organized. 

I would argue that it has two main functions: It provides a foundation for the pursuit of curiosity as an activity, and it provides an incentive to do the things Greider calls “discovery-seeking.”

Discovery-Seeking Greener says curiosity requires something we can do that is fun and rewarding, that we want, that brings joy.

And that’s what curiosity is: A way of bringing joy into the world.

And Greider also says that the only way that curiosity can work is if it’s “driven by something of intrinsic value, something of deep meaning.”

That’s what makes discovery-seeking a natural part of the process of learning: We need to be inspired to discover something new.

And the pursuit is a great way to do that. 

So what does that all mean? 

It means that there is a reason for why curiosity can even be considered a form of creativity, not only for those who have the motivation to pursue curiosity, but for those of us who are curious about something.

That means that Greider has a very clear point.

Curious people don’t just want to be curious, they want to discover. 

There’s no reason for us as individuals to be motivated by what we do for curiosity’s sake.