Why It’s Important To Stay Curious

Once, I wound up at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research peering through a microscope to looking at brain cells. This is what they looked liked…

brain cells at cell culture

I learnt that different coloured lasers exposed various parts of the cell. From left to right, blue was the nucleus, green was the outer membrane, red… no idea and green and blue in the lower right hand corner I have no idea either.

I wasn’t an expert in this field nor did I have any intention of looking at brain cells that night however it did make me ponder the scope of human consciousness. Why we’re here? who are we?, blah blah blah and so forth.

On that note I had some other questions.

Do scientists believe in God? Probably not

What about love? (didn’t ask)

It was impressive to see white lab coats neatly hanging, very expensive scientific apparatus and bottles of chemicals hard to spell stacked along the shelves. Surging levels of curiosity made me reminiscent of my younger years when I conjured several of my own theories:

  • One automatically dies when they turn 100 (the precise moment being when they blow out their birthday candles, all of them)
  • Traffic lights control the movement of cars
  • Waves get angrier when you throw sand at them

Obviously none of these theories made it into a science textbook or any textbook for that matter but I was a small happy person trying to figure things out.

I guess that as we move through life, we replace curiosity with knowledge. Einstein once said “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education”.

It’s important to stay curious because curiosity is seed of creativity. It helps us grow and understand the world we live in whether your 6 or 26 and beyond.

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