Playing the Exploring Game

Discovery is the greatest high. – E.O. Wilson, world renown biologist

It’s no sin to be glad you’re alive. – Bruce Springsteen

It starts when your sense of curiosity is ignited. Albert Einstein advised us to “Never lose a holy curiosity,” Why is curiosity so important? Once you follow your curiosity, you immediately become an explorer. You are led to unexpected adventures. That’s the mission here: to become a skillful explorer and experience the excitement of adventure. But how is that accomplished? What are the rules? We will explain. But first, some questions.

No need to answer any of them. The questions that spark your curiosity are the important ones. Skip over the ones that don’t.

Z) For more information, see Question 10.

Y) How did we create this effect with a simple string?

X) When you daydream, have you noticed what places your imagination takes you to?

W) Neurons in your brain fire together to create thoughts and feelings. How do they know what to think or feel? 

V) Want to learn a something about your personality? https://www.outofservice.com/bigfive/

If you’d want feedback on what the questions that interest might mean and some ideas for further explorations, jot down the numbers/letters of your six favorite questions, and send them to: mark@kuriositylab.org/   

Since it’s a very small sample size of questions, the accuracy, we offer only a thumbnail sketch. This is free for young people ages 16-25. We’re a nonprofit, and this is one of our services.

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7. We’ve all played lots of games in our lives. But as we get older, games are are considered diversions, or just for kids, unless you’re into a sport or training to be a jet pilot or a surgeon. These women are highly skilled dancers and trained at a most prestigious school: Juilliard. But, they became explorers in another arena when they tried something different. They learned that playing ball could be totally fun!

What if understanding games is the most important skill in life? Would that change the way you look at the world?

8. You wake up in the morning, and you find that you’re someone else. What kind of person would you be, and what kinds of experiences would you want to have?

8A) What kind of life could you imagine this sculpture might have?

8B) Or, this young fellow?

9. Can you see any similarities between artists and scientists?

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10. Is there a secret you don’t know about that’s truly important to your well-being?  Over 50 and years ago, Alan Watts asked: “Inside information–just what should a young man or woman know in order to be in the know? Is there, in other words, some inside information, some special taboo, some real lowdown on life and existence that most parents and teachers either don’t know or won’t tell?”

What might that be for you?

11. Cool air is heavier, and sinks below hot air/ Differences in hot and cold air temperature creates winds. Would you be interested in seeing how the winds move in patterns across the planet?

https://classic.nullschool.net/

12. Ever see an Aurora do its thing (Aurora Borealis is seen in the Northern Hemisphere)? Check out the menu on the bottom left of nullschool.com site. You can see where the two current Auroras are located

https://ivygordonphoto.com/

 13. “Don’t change people, change environments.” proclaimed Bucky Fuller, inventor of the Geodesic Dome. It’s worked for me. I love creating environments or being in beautiful ones. As a kid I was always in the hunt to find flat, hard surfaces where I could bounce a ball and play/make up games. Have you ever noticed that there is an environment that you enjoy more than others? Here’s a few we created

A seventeen-foot dome with two 8′ by 8′ doors. We used this for light and musical experiments

 14. What pattern in your life do you like better: when there there is a lot of order–when everyone has a clear role–or in more chaotic conditions where there is more improvisation? BTW, cosmos means “order.”

15. The Earth is the only planet not named after a Greek or Roman god. How did our planet get its name? And why doesn’t it make sense? 

16. What’s normal? Why is that we can sing out loud to ourselves, but if we talk out loud to ourselves, we’re considered crazy.

17. When is a square a diamond?