Did Curiosity Kill the Cat?

Curiosity is often regarded as the fundamental bedrock of science. Science is seen as the force that changes everything that we have ever known or thought about society, but what impact do we have on science? Through our curiosity, revelations in technology, science, art, and all manners of new ideas have been created, but it is imperative that we ask ourselves why? Why do we desire to explore the unknown? Why do we seek to know more about the surrounding earth, it’s past and future.

Naturally, the first explanation can be seen to link curiosity to survivability. Of course it would only seem logical that primordial human populations would seek to know more about the thunder that is above them or the multitudes of animals and vegetation that surround them. When approached from a practical point of view, curiosity seems less like an irregularity and more like general progression as we seek to better our lives and extend our influence by always wandering what is over the horizon.

What if, however, curiosity is far more than that? Scientist Min Jeong Kang in conjunction with Cal Tek discovered that sparks of curiosity caused a sensation of processes in the brain, ranging from dilated pupils to increased prefrontal cortex activity. Is it possible that we are wired on a physiological level to naturally seek and desire information beyond what relates to simple survival and replication? Is curiosity our method of breaking free from the “status quo” we feel that we have been assigned by nature or society in order to become something more?

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