Suyin Aerts
February 28, 2020


It is a nice feeling being a student again. Great to experience learning online with a great cohort and learning buddies being challenged with the same materials and asked to change their ideas and views.

As a curious person I was always eager to learn, anywhere, anytime and from anyone. A theory of curiosity says that we are discouraged by something that is either to challenging or to easy, we must restore our desire to learn.

One of the ways to do this is to learn how to break down tasks, so they become achievable and this will also stimulate you.

Do you also sometimes crave for a good drink, nice food, amazing sex? And would that also give you that great feeling, dopamine scientists say, the same kind of feeling that you have when you are curious? I do, yes for all my examples :-)

Did you know that the degree of your craving for knowledge controls the strength of your memory? Curiosity is a force that pushes animals to act, just like hunger, thirst, the need for security, or the desire to reproduce. But it’s also part of what makes humans, as a species, unique in a way. Sometimes we are indeed craving more for knowledge than for a chocolat.

We talk a lot about robots in the past years, what about making a curious robot? Do we need to look at the curiosity of a child for that maybe. The child that tries to understand the world?

But being curious is aso looking for the novelty and the surprise. Which means that you need to be aware of what you already know and what you do not yet know, right? Our brains get bored by seeing the same things over and over again, but let's be honest we also do not like things and people that are to novel and to surprising.

So our curiosity drives us to towards fields that are simultaneously new and accessible. At the end of the day we learn the most when it is just right.

I can say that for the moment what I learn in my new studies is about just right for the moment. Thank you curiosity so far.

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