I propose to see curiosity as an energetic phenomenon embedded in every living being at different levels. The laws of conservation of energy and entropy (disorder) require the existence of curiosity!
Science defines curiosity as a behavioral phenomenon that is not instinct but without explaining what causes curiosity. Curiosity also exists in the animal world, not only in mammals. The ant is also curious to look for a more suitable nest. If we look at the ant, it is curious, in a structured way, even without thinking.
Curiosity explained using energy conservation laws.
Link: Curiosity (Wikipedia)
Looking at curiosity as a phenomenon required by the laws of physics is consistent with the mathematical laws that exist everywhere in nature. Since imagination and curiosity are intertwined, I believe curiosity cannot be classified as mere behavior or instinct.
- The first law of thermodynamics extends the law of energy conservation. "Energy does not disappear and is not created out of nothing." (From Wikipedia)
- The second law of thermodynamics is that a system will always aspire to the highest entropy (disorder) and the lowest energy level. This law is mainly expressed in chemical reactions. (From Wikipedia)
Questions and answers regarding this model:
Is the theory based on empirical findings?
- The theory is consistent with the behavior of mathematical efficiency and the preservation of life energy that exists in nature everywhere.
Is this theory recognized in the world of behavioral sciences?
- This theory and related theories that attribute to all primary emotions' energetic properties have been presented on this site for the first time. The scientific community has not yet tested them.
Does this theory contradict the positions of behavioral sciences about these issues?
- This theory presents an entirely different perspective that explains why the phenomenon of curiosity must exist. The explanation does not contradict the field of behavioral sciences.
The Curiosity hypothesis - Every living being has an inherent curiosity from birth! (at varying levels)
If curiosity is not a pattern of behavior and is not an instinct - what is it?
- Curiosity is bound by the laws of energy conservation that apply throughout the universe. Curiosity in humans is an embedded pattern of action that combines personality (heredity) and environment. Most often, curiosity and imagination are interrelated. Curiosity is necessary for survival. Fear is a defensive instinct that exists in every living being (at different levels), and it balances and curbs curiosity.
According to this theory - Extraterrestrials must be curious - similar to humans. Extraterrestrials have curiosity, perhaps even on many scales above ours, being at a technological level and a much higher awareness than ours.
Theoretical questions and answers about curiosity.
To what extent do culture and environment influence curiosity?
- The impact of culture and the environment is enormous. It is enough to observe what happened in science, medicine, art, music, and mathematics during the Renaissance compared to the Middle Ages.
Does curiosity have genes that can be directly attributed?
- Although the human genome has been cracked, not all cognitive traits have yet been decrypted, mainly because of the level of complexity. Since curiosity (in humans and developed mammals) is combined with imagination, in my estimation (I have not checked), curiosity is part of the personality, which has a distinct genetic component.
How is human curiosity different from that of animals?
- In primitive animals, curiosity is inherent in the subconscious and is not the result of thinking.
Without curiosity - there is no learning and no development. (Increase in energy level)
- Curiosity, the opposite of indifference, is the basis of all the development of organisms on Earth.
Is it possible to validate this theory scientifically?
- It is possible to design experiments with relatively primitive animals that will try to validate the theory that I have raised. The difficulty is to neutralize other influencing factors.
Practical questions and answers about curiosity.
The greatest geniuses, Einstein, Tesla, and even Elon Musk, testify that they are very curious and have well-developed imaginations.
- It turns out that curiosity and developed imagination are vital tools for creating great geniuses.
Is it possible to develop curiosity?
- Most childhood toys, starting from infancy, are designed to develop motor skills, curiosity, and creativity. They are combined with innate abilities that are also the result of genetics.
What is intuitive curiosity?
- Intuitive curiosity is often a primary trigger, bypassing logic designed to hint to us about something interesting that requires focus and deep thinking. Intuition is designed to save energy. Deep thought exists only in humans and developed mammals.
Does curiosity diminish over age?
- Intuitive curiosity in adults is weakened, probably due to the shrinkage and calcification of the pineal gland in the brain that is responsible for intuition. On the other hand, life experience compensates for the weakening of intuition.
Does higher education encourage curiosity?
- Higher education broadens horizons and improves thinking abilities but does not necessarily change natural curiosity. Even those without formal education may reach impressive achievements thanks to a curious personality.
Does curiosity have dangerous aspects?
Curiosity sometimes leads to dangerous situations, but it is combined with other aspects of the personality, such as self-confidence and self-esteem. Curiosity is a trait that exists in all of us!
In a separate article in the attached link, I presented the energetic perception of the primary emotions. Treating emotions as energy flow significantly changes how we view them. Love, Envy, Hate, and Revenge are needed in a competitive world—link: The Unified, Bipolar, Energetic model of Primary Emotions.
This theory presents an entirely different perspective that explains why the phenomenon of curiosity must exist. This theory does not contradict the related findings of behavioral sciences.