Saturday, October 22, 2005


How do you define curiosity?

I am working on a short essay on the subject and how it has been percieved over the eras, and I came up with a definition that I quite like:

Curiosity is the active intellectual pursuit of novelty.

This is not the dictionary definition, but I rather prefer it to the dictionary definition. Besides, the dictionary word is to the living word as Mme Toussaud's wax figures are to the real people they represent- an awkward simulation.

Any thoughts?


Dennis Erickson said...

Curiosity is the initial stage of an inquiry; the awakening of a question.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said "Every mans' condition is a solution in hieroglyphics to the inquiries he would put".

If you could read the hieroglyphics you could reveal the inquiries.

Everything is out of the question.

Rufus said...

That's an interesting way of putting it. It seems like initial curiosity is more undefined and open-ended than the eventual question. I wonder if developing a question makes other questions off-limits.