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Curiosity

Postby mirjana » Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:20 am

Curiosity comes from Latin curious , meaning "careful, diligent, curious," akin to cura "care"). It is an emotion mostly related to natural behavior such as exploration, investigation, and learning. This emotion is evident by observation in human and many animal species. This emotion generally represents a drive to know new things. As such curiosity is the driving force of science and all other disciplines of human study.
Curiosity does not belong to instinct behavior as it is not a fixed action pattern, (an example is a mating dance by many species of birds). Curiosity belongs to innate basic emotions. It can be expressed in many different ways and as such it is more flexible. Instinct is less flexible as it is more fixed.
It is considered that curiosity makes us humans wanting to become an expert in a field of knowledge. In that sense curiosity and laziness definitely oppose each other.
It is different correlation between curiosity and fear. We can be very curious about something that we are the same time frightened of. The same time fear can be and is often a realistic protective feeling and curiosity can be destructive (not to mention anything else but gene industry).
Related topic: Teaching Curiosity
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