MODULE I

INTRODUCTION TO THE ACADEMY

 

1.0 Curiosity

When curiosity is alive, we are attracted to many things; we discover many worlds.”
– Eric Booth

It all starts with curiosity. The greatest thinkers must possess a thirst for knowledge and a desire to understand the true nature of the World, and for this, curiosity is a necessity.
Curiosity is what pushes people to come up with new ideas and theories. It is the essence of both philosophy and science. Without it, we would be taking everything we know for granted and new breakthroughs and discoveries would rarely take place.

But curiosity is not only for great thinkers and scientists. It is a valuable life skill that anyone should possess and it is something that we strongly encourage to develop here at Noviria.

Curiosity allows you to:

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Expand your mind to new ideas and theories you may have never thought about. This will bring more excitement to your life as you realize how fascinating the Universe is.

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Make your mind more active instead of passive as you question the world around you in search of answers, which, as a result allows you to gain in knowledge and wisdom.

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Become more creative and innovative as you are looking for answers to your questions and solutions to your needs.

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Be more understanding and compassionate of others since you get to explore different perspectives and insights. Which as a result leads to less conflict, intolerance and division.

Like Sir Ken Robinson once said: “Curiosity is the engine of achievement

We were all born with a vivid curiosity. As a child, your eagerness to learn is greater than ever. Yet we all start losing it as we grow up.

Carl Sagan once pointed it out in an interview in 1995:

“My experience is, you go talk to kindergarten or first grade kids, you find a class full of science enthusiasts. And they ask deep questions!
What is a dream? Why do we have toes? Why is the Moon round? What is the birthday of the World? Why is the grass green?
These are profound important questions. They just bubble right out of them!
You go and talk to twelfth grade students and there’s none of that. They’ve become leaden and incurious. Something terrible has happened between kindergarten and twelfth grade and it’s not just puberty”.

 

How to increase your curiosity?

 

– Keep an open mind, embrace new perspectives: “It is a narrow mind that cannot look at a subject from various points of view”– George Eliot

– Don’t take anything for granted, seek for what you may have missed.

– Constantly question everything including yourself and your own beliefs: “The Power to question is the basis of all human progress” – Indira Gandhi

– See the beauty in every field as each of them is worth exploring and contains wisdom and truth.

– Do not reject things when you do not fully understand them (practice humility). Not knowing is ok.

– See learning as something fun and empowering. See knowledge as being an exciting treasure to uncover.