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How to be Curious
One of the things it's easiest to forget about children is that they are aliens recently descended from another planet.

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The unfamiliar

One of the things to observe about children is how everything on earth is new to them, exciting and worthy of examination. Nothing is taken for granted.

In a more limited way, we know fr...

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A fresh view

A fresh view

Artists are a group that insists on being amazed. They cannot forget how surprising, beautiful and worthy of examination everything is.

Albert Dürer, at the age of thirty-five years, loo...

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Boredom and curiosity

All significant scientific discoveries and works of art have been made by people who looked at things with the naivety of children.

Conversely, boredom is the result of older humans ...

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We stop being curious

In the area of curiosity, we should all become attentive like children.

The problem is that the questions tend to come far too fast, there is too much curiosity that is at odds with w...

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Return to first principles

Return to first principles

Every new baby provides us with a chance to return and rethink everything from the ground up.

We should allow and encourage the child to ask questions and wonder at the world. A child's gre...

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