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Curiosity: the desire to learn or know about anything; inquisitiveness.

Is it the result of recognizing the value of knowledge in one's life?

asked Dec 09 '12 at 13:38

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edited Dec 10 '12 at 13:40

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Don't confuse the desire to discover and weakness not to know... A curiosity. A hypochondriac for example is to curiose of his health.to a degree too much inaisitvness is a sign of being paranoid at least that's my case. To be mentally active and always expanding you knowledge is valuing your mind.curiosity killed the cat:p and yes

(Dec 26 '12 at 11:55) Twilightseed Twilightseed's gravatar image

I would describe curiosity as an expression or form of valuing knowledge. "Value is that which one acts to gain and/or keep." Acting to acquire knowledge is a form of acting to gain and/or keep something. That makes the object of the action -- knowledge -- a de facto value to one who acts to gain and/or keep it.

But: "Is it the result of recognizing the value of knowledge in one's life?" Not necessarily. One may or may not comprehend that acting to gain and/or keep something is a form of valuing it, and one may or may not comprehend the connection between knowledge and living.

Update: Valuing

Objectivism's concept of a "valuer" is new and unique in philosophy, as far as I know. Even plants have "values" in the sense that there are definite requirements for their survival, and their actions are goal-directed toward obtaining those elements, yet they act entirely without consciousness (as it applies to animals), and the "goal-directedness" of their actions does not imply that they are conscious. They do not choose their goals; they only pursue them. Only man can form the explicit concept of a "value" (or any other concept), and only after he reaches the conceptual stage of cognitive development.

answered Dec 13 '12 at 16:28

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edited Dec 26 '12 at 12:48

Quite. As an early years educator I'd also add that the spark of curiosity is evident in the very youngest children, those who haven't yet developed the cognitive capacity to explicitly identify their values. If anything, I'd turn your statement about and say that intellectual curiosity comes first, and the recognition of acquiring knowledge as a value held by an individual proceeds from that, not the other way around.

(Dec 25 '12 at 11:08) Arianna Arianna's gravatar image

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