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Watering Plants of Scientific Curiosity by Ajay Seshadri





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‘Curiosity’ is the starting point of knowledge. Without it there would not be any thirst for learning. As much as a human being wishes to know the basis of the laws of nature he/she desires to do what it takes to learn. Yet we grow up with the idiom that ‘curiosity kills the cat’. This kills our thirst for knowledge and makes us think less. In every sphere of life we cannot move forward without information. The dynamics of information can be felt only when we possess it. In the ‘Anatomy of Criticism’ Northrop Frye (critic) offers an account of how modes, symbols, myths and archetypes function. He brings out the fact that meaning cannot be discovered without curiosity to unravel them despite their intrigue value.

There are a few points we need to remember while taking up the subject of scientific curiosity. The first and foremost step is to note how we need to investigate the world that we inhabit. Investigation needs careful curiosity on our part to observe vigilantly. This is why a child who asks questions frequently needs to be encouraged to do so. It is an observed fact that a child in preschool asks five times the number of questions an adult asks. The difference is that there is a thirst for understanding their environment. Adults on the other hand have probably reached a level of comfort with their world, as a result of which they do not ask questions. It has also got to do with the fact that they become comfortable with how much they know and focus more on application. Children on the other hand tend to learn for the sake of learning.

It is said that necessity is the mother of all inventions. This is incomplete by itself because curiosity plays a much larger part in demystifying a plane where its laws are fogged by human darkness. Necessity will make us anxious but what actually makes us discover is the desire to learn which has at its root a sense of wonder. Children are also more inclined to use all their senses to investigate, whereas adults are more restricted. Adults restrict their senses because of the fact that only certain faculties may have developed while some others may not have been used often. Another point is that children tend to be interested in colors and animals. This is a useful way of inviting them to the world of Science. The first step towards exciting scientific curiosity is to invite it as and when children ask questions. In the process they feel thrilled and investigate with an everlasting thirst for knowledge.

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