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Do you think you are exceptionally curious?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (26784points) August 29th, 2010

I’m curious (pun intended) to know how other jellies feel about this.
I have always been an extremely curious person… I have questions about everything. Including the most mundane things that I see from day to day.
Are you the same way? (Maybe that is why we have all gathered here on Fluther.)
Do you think you are more curious than the other people in your life?

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mrentropy's avatar

Yes, I think so. Why do you ask?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@mrentropy not out of curiosity, if that’s what you’re asking. ;)

BoBo1946's avatar

loll Neffie got’cha @mrentropy !

Frenchfry's avatar

I think I am. I have always been that way. I have learned to ask alot of questions and not be shy about it,

actuallery's avatar

No but I am curiously exceptional

keobooks's avatar

I think that’s why most librarians choose the profession—especially reference. People ask you all kinds of questions all day, and so you get an excuse to look up and learn all kinds of stuff.

I can’t imagine having a job where I don’t learn anything new or only learn about one industry or field. I need a constant stream of new information and new things to learn,

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I drove my parents nuts! XD

Aster's avatar

Been living with myself for so long I don’t know if I“m that curious or not.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Yes, but only about certain things. I like to learn. For example, I’ll read Fluther questions that I know nothing about, but sounds interesting, and read the links posted or do my own research. People are fascinating…I like to ask them questions about themselves in order to understand where they come from, their goals, and their take on things. When I inspected hotels, every turn of the corner and peek into a storage closet or guest room sated a curiosity of what might be found and what could be learned.

The places where the line is not crossed is when it comes to presents, someone’s privacy (I’m not a snooper), or any personal details that someone doesn’t share. The curiosity switch is turned off in these cases and are quickly forgotten.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille my dad is, and always was, a really bright guy. And I was a curious kid. (Obviously, I still am a curious kid.) Over the years, between me and my sisters, he developed a distinct “look” – that roughly translates to “if you ask me one more question I’m going to strangle you.” :)

marinelife's avatar

I am endlessly fascinated by the parade of life and people. I am very curious.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie -Mine had that look down too,as did my mother :)

keobooks's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille @TheOnlyNeffie

I was weirdly lucky. My mom was a reference librarian and my dad was a big time geek. I don’t think my parents ever got tired of the questions. Once I learned to read well enough, I got a Charlie Brown encyclopedia and my mom would have me look stuff up there and then tell her the answers to my questions.

I always feel sad when I hear about people who asked a lot of questions and got the brush-off. My parents had tons of faults, but I love that my curiosity was always encouraged. I hope my own daughter gets to experience that and that I’m patient enough for it.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@keobooks I misrepresented my parents, then. My dad did give us a hard time, but usually after significant hounding. Curiosity and knowledge were always encouraged in our household. My sisters and I all get our remarkable ability to talk non stop for hours… from the same father that has the death stare. :)
Then again, I imagine being the only man living in a house with 6 women can have that effect as well.

Cruiser's avatar

I think that is the one common denominator amongst all the Jellies here…we are all curious about a lot of things…I am borderline compulsive! ;)

Facade's avatar

I think so. I’m always wondering and always wanting to know.

keobooks's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie That’s very good to hear. I just see some kids who are very bright, but they’ve had any desire to be curious yanked out of them because their parents aren’t patient enough and so it’s strongly discouraged.

I remembered being in college and it drove me nuts that there were kids majoring in some topic and I’d ask them some questions about the field and they’d just shrug and say “I haven’t taken that class yet so I don’t know.” I thought dang! How interested in the subject can they be if they only learn stuff they need to learn for class? I always thought that if you were going to dedicate your life to some sort of study, you should be interested in seeking out the knowledge on your own.

Sorry to go on about it—a lack of curiosity always baffles me. So glad that there are so many curious folk here.

ucme's avatar

Put it this way, if curiosity did indeed kill the cat. Then I must be on life nunber seven or eight by now. Prrrrrr! ;¬}

Seaofclouds's avatar

I am curious about how a lot of things work, but honestly, my son’s curiosity beats mine right now. Perhaps it’s because of the knowledge difference over time, but he questions everything. I love listening to him ask his questions and watching him and he learns new things.

muppetish's avatar

I’m curious about most things, and it’s a little off-putting to people at first. But how can you not be interested about the differences between tropical and cold-weather penguins, the mental breakdown of serial killers, and how to bake a variety of tasty pastries? I’m a trivia junkie. Few things are too mundane to warrant a “Curiouser and curiouser…” from me.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@muppetish haha! I couldn’t have said that better myself. I just want to know. It is like a bottomless pit in my brain that constantly craves little snacks and tidbits of info.

muppetish's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie Precisely why shows like Q.I., Jeopardy, Good Eats, Bill Nye and just about anything on the Discovery Channel are among my favourites :) Bring on the barrage of information.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

It sounds like we have a lot of Learners here:

“You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. The thrill of the first few facts, the early efforts to recite or practice what you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered—this is the process that entices you. Your excitement leads you to engage in adult learning experiences—yoga or piano lessons or graduate classes. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work environments where you are asked to take on short project assignments and are expected to learn a lot about the new subject matter in a short period of time and then move on to the next one. This Learner theme does not necessarily mean that you seek to become the subject matter expert, or that you are striving for the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential. The outcome of the learning is less significant than the “getting there.” ”

Gallup Organization

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer wow, GA, thanks for sharing. That definitely describes me.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

OMG, yes! One of my favorite quotes is “Ignorance killed the cat. Curiosity was framed.”.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Cruiser I am too! I maintain that TV can be very educational if you utilize it correctly, because I am always looking stuff up. Anytime I don’t understand a word that was just said, or if that trick/definition/reference is really true, or whatever, I Google it. It can take me hours to get through a 22 minute sitcom because I’m so busy looking up stuff. I try to relax when I’m watching TV or a movie with others, but it’s uncomfortable.

TexasDude's avatar

Anyone who knows anything about my range of interests can tell you that I am definitely a curious person.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I think I am – I think most flutherites are.

TexasDude's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir, yep. Why else would we be on Fluther?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I admit I didn’t expect to find a shortage of curious people.

I just wondered how many of you thought of yourselves as “exceptionally curious.”

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie I don’t think I’m exceptionally curious but I love learning about people and their quirks.

TexasDude's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir, that certainly helps.

zen_'s avatar

I think I am unexceptionally curious, that is, I think I have met so many people who have been just as, that I feel unexceptional about my curiosity.

Now, regarding the sexiest organ of the body – there I might be exceptional.

Jeruba's avatar

I used to think I was on a par with others in terms of curiosity. I assumed that everyone was as curious about things as I was. But by now I’ve been close to a number of people who just aren’t, and I am fascinated and bewildered by the things they don’t ask, especially my husband, who is intelligent and scientifically minded and yet simply does not feel the itch that I do about things. He can actually walk away from a question that would send me diving into books and websites and people’s minds until I was satisfied. (Mmm, that feels good.)

So I don’t know. I’m pretty sure to be above average because I am curious about everything and absolutely believe that questions are a vital force. But I don’t know whether that’s exceptional.

nebule's avatar

I used to look in the mirror at 13 and feel very strange that I thought very hard and long and deeply about the person that was staring back at me…I had almost out of body experiences without being out of my body…I questioned why I am who I am…who Am I anyway? and couldn’t see it in the mirror…I also used to think that I was alone very alone in the world thinking things that no-one else did… I did. Often…everyone used to get on with stuff… I didn’t…I just thought… A LOT.

I wondered why why why and I still wonder why…I started a philosophy degree thinking it would answer my questions and all I’m getting is more questions…I’m sure it will lead me to the answer one day, even if that is seeing my son grow up and then dying happy that I left a life that wasn’t filled with so many wonderings as mine has been

I question must…sure;y..otherwise we are just mindless followers of everything gone before…and that’s not evolution

Arp's avatar

People (mostly adults) yell at me often for “thinking too much” and “being to curious”, but I think that is just silly. What fun is life without wanting to know how it works?

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

Yup. It drives me a little nuts when I don’t understand something.

YARNLADY's avatar

Yes. When I first heard the basic questions of journalism, I almost went into the field – Who, What, Why, Where, When and How, I thought I was born to be a journalist. Then I found out they also have to be able to write, and that blew it.

All I ever want to know is more than I will ever know.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Sweet holy moly, people think I am crazy with some of the things that pop into my head like how and when did man know rice was eatable? Or what was the best way to cook rice? Did man stumble upon beer by accident or was it planned and experimented by cooks or scientist? If you get beyond the Earth’s atmosphere it is suppose to be a perfect vacuum, but there is solar wind so what elements are floating around up there? Was dynamite discovered by accident when someone blew themselves into pizza toppings? How or what make a jet or plane able to fly sideways if the lift comes from the wings. Just a few things I ponder over.

nebule's avatar

On a lighter note: my son has just got to the ‘Why? Stage’ and it’s a beautiful thing..I love it…I have looked forward to this moment for sooo long…they ask why about some wonderful things… “but why is it cold mummy?” “why do we have to turn the TV off?” I can now have nonsensical conversations with a three year old that stimulate me more than some adult conversations and I never thought I’d say that!

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@lynneblundell I can now have nonsensical conversations with a three year old that stimulate me more than some adult conversations and I never thought I’d say that! Why did you never think it would? Sorry, just had to do it in the moment. ;-)

nebule's avatar

just because I never used to get on with kids very well and talking to them scares me…but not with my own obviously

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