It’s no sin to be glad you’re alive. – Bruce Springsteen
Discovery is the greatest high! – E.O. Wilson, world renown biologist
This is game about how to explore so you can discover what you’re looking for. We all are seekers to one degree or another. So what is it you don’t know?
As the heavyweight thinker, Alan Watts, asked in his book called, The Book:
“Is there a secret you don’t know about that’s truly important to your well-being? (Is there) 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?”
This is what we’ve been curious about at the Kuriosity Lab for the last eight years. What happen when you discover the secret? Is it different for each one of us? And what does that mean? Are there many more mysteries to figure out?
Hopefully your curious has been sparked. Curiosity is the seed to every explorer’s quest. Unfortunately, the sense of curiosity, which we are all born with according to many neuroscientists, is a use it lose it proposition. It’s a big reason why so many people become duller as they get older. Albert Einstein advised us to “Never lose a holy curiosity,” for many of these reasons.
so, no matter what shape your curiosity “muscle” is in, once you decide to play this game, to renew your sense of curiosity, you become an explorer. Explorers seek the unknown, the different, the authentic–the real deal.
That’s the mission here: to become a skilled explorer.
But this is not for the faint-of-heart, the easily defeated. At times you will need guts and determination you may not even know you had. On this path, there will be those who judge you, some severely. They are just critics and don’t have the guts to play this game. But you do! And the rewards will make you wonder why you hadn’t found this game before.
How do you win? What are the rules? But first, some questions to get some clues onto what roads to make this quest.
No need to answer any of the questions. The ones that spark your curiosity are the important ones. Skip over the ones that don’t.
Y) Can you guess how we did this 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 you might mean in your exploring, jot down the numbers/letters of your six favorite questions, and send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org/
Since it’s a very small sample of questions, we offer an educated guess sin our reply. This is free for young people ages 16-25. We’re a nonprofit, and this is one of our services.
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?
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?
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
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
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?