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Curiosity

The first virtue is cu­ri­os­ity. A burn­ing itch to know is higher than a solemn vow to pur­sue truth. To feel the burn­ing itch of cu­ri­os­ity re­quires both that you be ig­no­rant, and that you de­sire to re­lin­quish your ig­no­rance. If in your heart you be­lieve you already know, or if in your heart you do not wish to know, then your ques­tion­ing will be pur­pose­less and your skills with­out di­rec­tion. Cu­ri­os­ity seeks to an­nihilate it­self; there is no cu­ri­os­ity that does not want an an­swer. The glory of glo­ri­ous mys­tery is to be solved, af­ter which it ceases to be mys­tery. Be wary of those who speak of be­ing open-minded and mod­estly con­fess their ig­no­rance. There is a time to con­fess your ig­no­rance and a time to re­lin­quish your ig­no­rance.

-- Eliezer Yud­kowsky, The Twelve Virtues of Rationality

The Med­i­ta­tion on Curiosity

Eliezer Yudkowsky
6 Oct 2007 0:26 UTC
55 points
96 comments4 min readLW link

Use cu­ri­os­ity

AnnaSalamon
25 Feb 2011 22:23 UTC
60 points
62 comments1 min readLW link

Hold On To The Curiosity

Ben Pace
23 Apr 2018 7:32 UTC
101 points
14 comments3 min readLW link

The Ne­glected Virtue of Curiosity

vallinder
28 Jan 2012 17:28 UTC
23 points
31 comments7 min readLW link

What Cu­ri­os­ity Looks Like

lukeprog
6 Jan 2012 21:28 UTC
32 points
286 comments2 min readLW link

The Limits of Curiosity

Elizabeth
10 Mar 2011 15:20 UTC
26 points
49 comments3 min readLW link

Deal­ing with Cu­ri­os­ity-Stoppers

adamShimi
30 Jul 2020 22:05 UTC
48 points
5 comments10 min readLW link

“Science” as Cu­ri­os­ity-Stopper

Eliezer Yudkowsky
3 Sep 2007 20:04 UTC
83 points
58 comments3 min readLW link

Ac­tive Cu­ri­os­ity vs Open Curiosity

Unreal
15 Mar 2019 16:54 UTC
68 points
19 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] Do chil­dren lose ‘childlike cu­ri­os­ity?’ Why?

Raemon
29 Jun 2019 22:42 UTC
44 points
15 comments1 min readLW link

It is OK to pub­li­cly make a mis­take and change your mind

JGWeissman
12 Apr 2011 1:24 UTC
69 points
13 comments1 min readLW link

Get Curious

lukeprog
24 Feb 2012 5:10 UTC
53 points
99 comments5 min readLW link

Science: Do It Yourself

alyssavance
13 Feb 2011 4:47 UTC
69 points
207 comments6 min readLW link

Li­tany of a Bright Dilettante

shminux
18 Apr 2013 5:06 UTC
59 points
71 comments1 min readLW link

No One Knows What Science Doesn’t Know

Eliezer Yudkowsky
25 Oct 2007 23:47 UTC
45 points
107 comments3 min readLW link

Cephaloponderings

Jacobian
4 Aug 2019 16:45 UTC
42 points
4 comments7 min readLW link

Lay­ers of Ex­per­tise and the Curse of Curiosity

Gyrodiot
12 Feb 2019 23:41 UTC
18 points
1 comment6 min readLW link

The Proper Use of Doubt

Eliezer Yudkowsky
6 Aug 2007 20:29 UTC
48 points
31 comments3 min readLW link

Prospect­ing for Con­cep­tual Holes

lsusr
30 Oct 2019 8:34 UTC
53 points
19 comments2 min readLW link

Where’s Your Sense of Mys­tery?

Scott Alexander
26 Apr 2009 0:45 UTC
36 points
55 comments5 min readLW link