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Are most people this curious?

Asked by 8magnum8 (121points) May 3rd, 2014 from iPhone

My 8th grade math teacher loves talking to the boys in my class about things like the “space elevator” idea, or just other random things about space or anything, and I think thats what gets me going. Today I was riding home from a soccer game and I got lost starring up into the sky for like 45 minutes, just thinkin about things like, what was there before the universe, what is outside te universe if it is still expanding, is there other life, etc. An I sat there for that 45 minutes just thinking about that kind of stuff. My dad tells me to stop because he does it too an it apparently makes my mom mad, but are most people curious like that and want to know things, or just a few?

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Adagio's avatar

Curiosity is the product of a healthy intellect, go for it @8magnum8, if you verbalise your curiosity and it annoys someone don’t be put off, I would consider it very unnatural to not feel curious about life’s mysteries.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

I agree completely with @Adagio

weeveeship's avatar

I think curiosity is a good thing. To go one step further, I think it would be good to follow your passions and pick up interesting related activities. Instead of just contemplating the universe, perhaps read books on astrophysics or use a telescope to do astronomy. That way, you can enhance your interest in your passions and, at the same time, also pick up hobbies/skills/knowledge.

pleiades's avatar

Are most people that curious? Probably. Do most people take the initiative to actually research those curiosities? Probably hell no. :P

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CWOTUS's avatar

I’ll answer your last question first, “Are most people like that, or only a few?”

“Just enough” people are like that so that in the short time that homo sapiens has been on Earth (short in geological time, that is), we’ve managed to move from living in trees and on the ground, with no tools or language, to… producing and living with everything that we have around us now. Being able to make tools, transmit that knowledge to others, and then improve the tools, to improve the things built with the tools, and so on, is not accidental. It has taken a lot of curiosity from a great number of people to want to learn those things, and more curiosity over long periods of time for people to learn ways to improve what they have. So I’d say “just enough to have gotten where we are today”.

On the other hand, that response has to be tempered with “not enough that we’ve stopped killing each other to take things that they have, instead of learning how to produce it ourselves”, and “not enough to learn to overcome jealousy and anger”, and “not enough to find ways to keep some people from continuing to live on the ground (when they would really like to do better) and not enough to go back to living simply sometimes, just because it’s more healthy for us”.

So, some, but not enough.

It’s great to be curious, and it’s a good start to your academic career or simply “your career as a human being”, but now you have to see if you can channel that curiosity into something more tangible: clear writing, for example, to express your thoughts, or art in any of the infinite ways that can be done, or narrowing the focus of your curiosity to any subset of “all of the universe” and learning more about that niche – and then demonstrating what you have learned in some way.

“Getting lost in staring at the stars” is fine, up to a point, but if that’s all you do, then what will it gain you? I’m not making a judgement against those who actually do nothing more than that, but if that’s the case, then who is going to feed and house you? Most people expect a return exchange; at some point, your Mom is going to be tired of feeding you and cleaning up after you when (at least in her mind) you should be earning your own living. So keep in mind that you have to live in the real world.

As Buddhists say, “Before enlightenment fetch wood, carry water. After enlightenment fetch wood, carry water.”

marinelife's avatar

Not everyone is curious about the world around them. You might think about science or math for a career. Bravo to your teacher! Keep thinking!

Coloma's avatar

A lot of curiosity comes from being an intuitive thinking, personality type, NT, vs. being a sensor judger type, SJ.
Intuitives are naturally more curious, imaginative, inventive, questioning and innovative compared to their SJ counterparts that are all about routine, order and details.
SJ’s just do not “get” spending ( wasting, in their opinion ) time on anything abstract and not applicable to the practical.
Read up on personality theory to better understand human differences in thought and perception and interest and how individual brain functions relate to interests.

LDRSHIP's avatar

Think of all the people in history who if not curious and got lost in their thoughts. Ah a different world we would have. How you interpret that is up to you.

LostInParadise's avatar

When we are young, we are curious about a great many things. As we get older, we unfortunately tend to become less curious. We get bogged down thinking about more practical concerns. Scientists and artists and creative people in all areas are among those who hold onto their curiosity. Do not ever lose your sense of wonder!

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

I guess people can be that curious but they seem to be only with the probable or things they can find explanations to.

RocketGuy's avatar

I would agree with @CWOTUS – don’t let it distract you from the things you need to do. Beyond that, think up all you want and search the internet to see if anyone has answered your questions already

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