How Does Curiosity Positively Impact Human Intelligence? (Draft Essay 2)

 How Does Curiosity Positively Impact Human Intelligence?

As humans, from birth to our last breath, we constantly walk through a revolving door of growing knowledge and understanding. When we choose, at any moment, we can step outside that revolving door and read or experience something new, culminating into a wealth of human intellect. It is our curiosity about the unknown, that fuels and motivates us to obtain new information. This curiosity or the desire to know, is what leads to learning and experiencing new things. Therefore, it can be said that curiosity and human intelligence are intrinsically linked in a positive way. We will now review four key areas that show how curiosity can positively impact human intelligence.

First, by developing an open-minded outlook, a child can learn to view the world around them in an unbiased manner. A young college student, (known as Inardella11), recently shared her experience with her class about how she willingly participated in a family vacation to a foreign country in high school. She was so intrigued by the new culture and language she was exposed to that within days of her arrival, she engaged in playing games with local children. She was able to open herself up to the idea of social interaction with children who did not speak her language by using other methods of communication such as body language. She says her experience was truly memorable and she looks forward to having more experiences in new cultures in the future.

A second way that curiosity may positively impact the learning process is it can help a child perform better in a classroom environment. Susan Engel, of Williams College, says in her essay “Children’s Need to Know: Curiosity in Schools,” states “when elementary school-aged children read texts on topics in which they have a sustained interest, they learn more information, discern, more details about narrative form, and remember what they have learned for longer.” She also makes an interesting observation that “a curious reader, is a more skilled and thorough reader.” The evidence of researchers and the like is abundant, children who are curious, tend to ask more probing questions and learn about a topic they inquire about.

Another way that curiosity has a good influence is when a child is curious, they are more readily open to new possibilities and opportunities throughout their lives. For example, a college student (Sbliss93), writes an essay regarding her own personal journey about how she was always interested in military service. She took advantage of the opportunity by enlisting in the military right out of high school. She says, “I was really excited. I could explore the world. I never had a fear about joining the military because I knew I could do it if I really wanted to.” She goes on to express that her parents had fostered her interest in the military, which ultimately led her to seize the opportunity. She says it was a “life-changing decision.” This is only one example of how curiosity can help children take advantage of opportunity. Many more children grow up and decide to go to college to study careers and take jobs linked to their interests and curiosity, creating greater human intelligence.

Curiosity also leads to and develops creativity. When your child is curious, they will learn to be creative and artistic. This is evident in the numerous artists, musicians,  architects, designers, and culinary chefs that exist today, to name just a few. An example of how curiosity can lead to creativity can be seen in the biography of college student in Massachusetts (ndalessandro11). He says growing up he was interested in the culinary industry. He believes it stemmed from  growing up and baking with his grandmother. Listen as he reminisces, “When I would go to my grandparents house I would always want to bake something new up with my grandmother. I wanted to learn what ingredients we needed, how long it would take to bake (so during that time we could play a game together)what the outcome would be after it came out of the oven, whether or not it would come out burned or perfectly cooked. And how it would taste after it cooled down and was ready to consume.” Later, he was influenced from a high school teacher, he recalls, “Like any teacher, they always tell their background story as to how they got to the position that they are in now. After she(my teacher) told me about what she went through in the food industry, it made me curious and want to continue my education in that field. After being in class and showing her how interested I was in this field, I began helping her with an adult cooking class. Being with new people who were also interested in learning about the same thing was a good learning environment because everyone shared their stories about cooking. We learned new ways to cook and ways to make the dishes look very appealing at the end.” His detailed story is a true testament to the power curiosity can have with the creativity of our young people!

To one extent or another, each of us have a desire to learn something unknown to us. Our brain craves information that empowers us to accomplish goals and gain new experiences. It makes our lives more enjoyable and satisfying. When our curiosity about the world around us makes us open minded, perform well in school environments, take advantage of new opportunities, and allow for creativity, we reach our full intellectual potential. The more often that we choose to step out of our comfort zone, through the revolving door of curiosity, we learn something new that equips our arsenal of intellect, which better prepares us to live a rewarding existence. Therefore, it can be said that our curiosity can positively influence our intelligence as human beings.

 

Sources:

1. Inardella11, Bristol Community College, 2012
2.  Susan Engel, Williams College, Author of essay “Children’s Need to Know: Curiosity in Schools”
3. Sbliss93, Bristol Community College, 2012
4. ndalessandro11, Bristol Community College, 2012

Evaluating source

Here are some articles and videos about curiosity that we will use to start talking about evaluating types of sources.