As was said earlier in this blog, children, actually infants, are our first explorers. This is an inborn inquisitiveness that, depending upon a variety of circumstances and conditions, can grow and expand or become stifled and dormant; not dead just dormant. Additionally much of that inquisitiveness continues in a very subtle fashion that many of us never recognize as a form of exploration. This is because these muted ventures are overshadowed by those great heroic moments in exploration history. These are the ones that mark key advances in the social and intellectual evolution of humankind.

Looking beyond and around those monuments of human exploratory achievement, we will find bountiful and endless examples of daily explorations that remain unheralded. They can still stand as significant milestones in our personal quest for the answers to those questions (faces) listed in the title of this article. These can cover things as simple as finding a less hectic and easier daily route to work, or as complex and often confounding method to explain why honey bees are going extinct, or they can be a thriving pursuit of a personal hobby. There is no way here that we can list all the examples, but if you stop and think for a moment you should be able to make a very long list of your own. Please try it, you will be surprised at what you list.

There is a common element that applies to every one of those exploration questions and that is the human urge to find the answers. This is not just in the sciences, it exists within every aspect of our lives and depending on whether we recognize it and then respond to it will decide the extent, if any, of our explorations. This common element is kept alive by many different associations and settings from family settings, to our education, to our career choices, and to the challenges associated with each. How we respond determines the liveliness of this exploratory urge. Our response also depends heavily upon the encouragement and stimulations to explore we received throughout our early lives. Parents, teachers, friends and colleagues, role models, inspiring leaders all contribute. If we are deprived of ample applications of these encouragements then that urge can grow dormant.

In a more recent blog article here, we discussed the why bother attitude. In our opinion this is due to a severe stifling of the exploratory urge. That stifling can be multi-factorial (education, social relations, philosophical, self-image, physiological) and so oppressive that those afflicted cannot see beyond that pall. Yes, some folks are more intelligent than others, but that alone does not inspire or dampen the urge to know. There are brilliant people out there who tend to only dwell on questions with ready-made answers. There are untrained individuals out there who want to know, but do not know what to ask or how to ask it if they knew.

So, how do we awaken the dormant and inspire the young to explore? Well, we do not want to answer this. We beseech each of our readers of this blog to post their answers here in our comment section. Why? Because there are so many different ways that we can ignite, enhance or re-ignite the exploratory urge and we would like it to come from you as you think about your own interest and efforts to explore. Refer to that list you made, it can help. We hope we hear from you, and soon, and thank you.


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One Comment on “THE MANY FACES OF WHY,WHERE,WHAT AND HOW: Exploration’s Anatomy”

  1. XiNeutrino Says:

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