How do I maintain my curious thoughts?

 Tikhung (@tikhung01)6 years ago

I’ve always been a curious boy. As a kid, I asked my dad a lot about the universe and stuff. Learning used to make my brain feel good. I recently got into philosophy and somehow my curious thoughts disappeared. Gone. I don’t find knowledge fascinating anymore. I fear for the day that I become ordinary like everybody else.

May 25, 2015 at 12:10 pm
Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years ago ago

Philosophy means “love of wisdom”. One of the best ways to get interested in knowledge and wisdom is to have problems. Perhaps your new problem can be “Is knowledge pointless?” and then explore that idea. 

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Kyle van der Walt (13) (@KylevanderWalt) 6 years ago ago

That’s an awesome idea!

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 6 years ago ago

Explore a new field of interest? Maybe you’ve been around the same general stuff for too long. That or take a break, I’m sure you’ll start wondering about things again.

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 6 years ago ago

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Jordan Bates (4,684)A (@bashfulkoala) 6 years ago ago
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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 6 years ago ago

I just tested it out. The compose page to create new PM’s is in fact broken. Pre-existing PM conversations you have between people still work though. Sorry for the inconvenience, hopefully it’s fixed soon.

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Jordan Bates (4,684)A (@bashfulkoala) 6 years ago ago

If you’re bored with intellectualism, maybe this will be a good period for participating in the world, seeking out new experiences, and learning that way. I’ve found that experiential education tends to go hand in hand with freethinking, and that new experiences provoke new trains of thought. 

A thing I wrote about experiential education one time: http://www.refinethemind.com/modes-experiential-education/

I’d also say it’s quite possible you’ve become bored of the topics of which you’re presently aware and simply need to discover the next thing that will make your mind hunger for knowledge/thinking. Maybe try reading in some new domains — politics, economics, anthropology, psychology, history, neuroscience, physics, sociology, critical theory, etc. — and see if something piques your interest.

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barefootphilosophy (48) (@sgadalet) 6 years ago ago

@bashfulkoala is on the right track here. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve become indifferent to learning and new knowledge. It was because I had spent so much time learning, and reading, and processing information that it didn’t have any release or catharsis. This influx of knowledge needs to be balanced with the experiences of our life. Go out and live. Go do something. Take a trip, meet new people. Do something physically taxing and exert all of your energy into that thing. Forget about “learning” (i.e. reading books, watching videos) for a a while and simply experience. I think you’ll find that you’ll learn 10x more from experience than you would from reading books. 

http://www.barefootphilosophy.com

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