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Encyclopedia > Curiosity
A foolish feline forgets that curiosity killed the cat.
A foolish feline forgets that curiosity killed the cat.

Curiosity is any natural inquisitive behaviour, evident by observation in many animal species, and is the emotional aspect of living beings that engenders exploration, investigation, and learning. Curiosity may refer as a noun to a novel item or phenomenon kept as an attraction to the interest of the public; it is so named because it is intended to engender curiosity in its viewers. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Curiosity killed the cat is also a well-known proverb. ... “Natural” redirects here. ... Behavior or behaviour refers to the actions or reactions of an object or organism, usually in relation to the environment. ... For other uses, see Animal (disambiguation). ... Exploration is the act of searching or traveling for the purpose of discovery, e. ... A detective is an officer of the police who performs criminal or administrative investigations, in some police departments, the lowest rank among such investigators (above the lowest rank of officers and below sergeants), a civilian licensed to investigate information not readily available in public records (a private investigator, also called... Learning is the acquisition and development of memories and behaviors, including skills, knowledge, understanding, values, and wisdom. ...

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Definition

In essence, "curiosity" is a term that describes an unknown number of behavioral and psychological mechanisms that have the effect of impelling beings to seek information and interaction with their natural environment and with other beings in their vicinity.[citation needed] Psychology (from Greek: ψυχή, psukhē, spirit, soul; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is both an academic and applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Causes

See also: Behavioral genetics

Curiosity is an innate capability of many living beings, but it can not be subsumed under category of instinct because it lacks the quality of fixed action pattern; it is rather one of innate basic emotions because it can be expressed in many flexible ways while instinct is always expressed in a fixed way, and like any innate capability it confers a survival advantage to certain species, and can be found in their genomes. Behavioural genetics (behavioral genetics) is the field of biology that studies the role of genetics in animal behaviour. ... Instinct is the inherent disposition of a living organism toward a particular behavior. ... Kelp Gull chicks peck at red spot on mothers beak to stimulate regurgitating reflex. ... Genome is also a popular science book by Matt Ridley. ...


Who is affected?

Curiosity is common to human beings at all ages from infancy to old age, and is easy to observe in many other animal species. These include apes, cats, fish, reptiles, and insects; as well as many others. Many aspects of exploration are shared among all beings, as all known terrestrial beings share similar aspects: limited size and a need to seek out food sources. This article is about modern humans. ... A human infant The word Infant derives from the Latin in-fans, meaning unable to speak. ... Paul Kruger in his old age. ... For other uses, see Animal (disambiguation). ... This article is about the biological superfamily. ... Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ... For other uses, see Fish (disambiguation). ... Subclasses Anapsida Diapsida Synonyms Reptilia Laurenti, 1768 Reptiles are tetrapods and amniotes, animals whose embryos are surrounded by an amniotic membrane, and members of the class Sauropsida. ... Orders Subclass Apterygota Archaeognatha (bristletails) Thysanura (silverfish) Subclass Pterygota Infraclass Paleoptera (Probably paraphyletic) Ephemeroptera (mayflies) Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) Infraclass Neoptera Superorder Exopterygota Grylloblattodea (ice-crawlers) Mantophasmatodea (gladiators) Plecoptera (stoneflies) Embioptera (webspinners) Zoraptera (angel insects) Dermaptera (earwigs) Orthoptera (grasshoppers, etc) Phasmatodea (stick insects) Blattodea (cockroaches) Isoptera (termites) Mantodea (mantids) Psocoptera... Exploration is the act of searching or traveling for the purpose of discovery, e. ...


Strong curiosity is the main motivation of famous scientists. In fact, it is mainly curiosity that makes a human being an expert in a certain field of knowledge. For a List of scientists, see: List of anthropologists List of astronomers List of biologists List of chemists List of computer scientists List of economists List of engineers List of geologists List of inventors List of mathematicians List of meteorologists List of physicists Scientist pairs List of scientist pairs See... Human beings are defined variously in biological, spiritual, and cultural terms, or in combinations thereof. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Many famous historical figures were affected strongly by curiosity, to explore and conquer, for example, Colombus, Balboa, Magellan, Coronado, Sir Francis Drake, etc., to name a few. Exploration is the act of searching or traveling for the purpose of discovery, e. ... No authentic contemporary portrait of Columbus has been found; this late 19th-century engraving is one of many conjectural images For information about the director, see the article on Chris Columbus. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Presidential railcar named Ferdinand Magellan, see Ferdinand Magellan Railcar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sir Francis Drake, Vice Admiral, (c. ...


Abstract curiosity

Though humans are sometimes considered particularly very curious, they sometimes seem to miss the obvious when compared to other animals. What seems to happen is that human curiosity combined with the ability to think in an abstract way, lead to mimesis, fantasy and imagination - eventually leading to an especially human way of thinking ("human reason"), which is abstract and self aware, or conscious. Human beings are defined variously in biological, spiritual, and cultural terms, or in combinations thereof. ... Mimesis (μίμησις from μιμεîσθαι) in its simplest context means imitation or representation in Greek. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... Imagination is accepted as the innate ability and process to invent partial or complete personal realms within the mind from elements derived from sense perceptions of the shared world. ... For other uses, see Reason (disambiguation). ... Self-awareness is the ability to perceive ones own existence, including ones own traits, feelings and behaviours. ... Consciousness is a quality of the mind generally regarded to comprise qualities such as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, sapience, and the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and ones environment. ...


Morbid curiosity

A morbid curiosity is a compulsion, fixed with excitement and fear, to know about macabre topics, such as death and horrible violence (see also: snuff film). In a milder form, however, this can be understood as a cathartic form of behavior or as something instinctive within humans. According to Aristotle, in his Poetics we even "enjoy contemplating the most precise images of things whose sight is painful to us." (This aspect of our nature is often referred to as the 'Car Crash Syndrome' or 'Trainwreck Syndrome', derived from the notorious inability of passersby to ignore such accidents.) This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A snuff film, or snuff movie, depicts the actual killing of a human being - a human sacrifice (without the aid of special effects or other trickery) perpetrated for the medium of film for the purpose of entertainment. ... Catharsis is the Greek Katharsis word meaning purification or cleansing derived from the ancient Greek gerund καθαίρειν transliterated as kathairein to purify, purge, and adjective katharos pure or clean (ancient and modern Greek: καθαρός). // The term in drama refers to a sudden emotional breakdown or climax that constitutes overwhelming feelings of great... Aristotle (Greek: Aristotélēs) (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. ... Aristotles Poetics aims to give an account of poetry. ...


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Curiosity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (471 words)
In essence, "curiosity" is a term that describes an unknown number of behavioural and psychological mechanisms, which have the effect of impelling beings to seek information and interaction with their natural environment and with other beings in their vicinity.
Curiosity is most a natural instinct given by God; curiousity confers a survival advantage to certain species, and can be found in their genomes (see Behavioural genetics).
Curiosity is common to human beings at all ages; from infancy to old age, and is easy to observe in many other animal species.
Curiosity Killed the Cat: Curiosity and Advertising (2226 words)
Curiosity is a difficult appeal to use in advertising, which is why it ranks only eighth in effectiveness.
Curiosity, the eighth appeal, is a difficult one for advertising to use.
Curiosity is a vital part of self-preservation, sex and greed, but it is, for most animals, a search for an immediate answer to an immediate need.
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