A Strategy for Woodworking #22: Curiosity

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 08-29-2014 02:39 AM 1298 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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What causes us to look round the next bend? What makes people want to fly or cross the ocean or play with fire? Why do you do something and then do it again just to see if the results will be the same? Why ask why?

All these questions are asked because of a simple if not altogether human trait. This urge pushes us to try things to see what will happen. Like a dog putting his head down between the rocks to sniff out a scent. What is there? What was there? What might be there?

Is it that we cannot feel safe unless we know what’s behind the door/ under the bed/ at the back of the cave? Or is that we have to know just to know, just to have that knowledge at our disposal. Is it learning or a pernicious bad habit?

This urge pushes us down dangerous paths no doubt but also down paths of discovery. It is, at its simplest, the impetus for learning. To discover, to uncover, to unravel, to get to the bottom of things. Curiosity. Simple curiosity. What’s that? Why does it work like that? It is in the end why we like to work with tools and wood. To find out:
will this work?

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#1 posted 09-11-2014 03:31 AM

And yet it is becoming frighteningly common to meet persons with no measurable curiosity. How dreary a life that doesn’t ask ‘Why, or what is around the corner…”

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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