I was listening to a podcast today while I cleaned my apartment after a FULL 10 days of playing in Hawaii with my sister (let's just say I had a lot of sand to clean up). Anyway, I ran out of Radiolab podcasts and had to venture out to satisfy my hunger for knowledge--and I found some new loves. One of them being "Stuff You Should Know". Now, normally I'll listen to a podcast while I'm on my run, or in the car, and although I find them fascinating at the time, I quickly forget most of the details unless I have someone to share them with. So, since my fiance is busy running a business up in Canada and I'm "stuck" in Hawaii for a couple more weeks, I get to post my feelings here :)
When it comes to podcasts, I'm not picky. As long as it's nerdy, I'm in. I am fascinated by just about anything when someone else takes the time to do the research for me. It's perfect; an hour-long recap of what these people have been studying (sometimes) for years. Experts in their fields. And although I wouldn't want to spend a lifetime learning about the basal ganglia, 60 minutes listening to someone who has, is quite engaging. And they touch on almost every subject imaginable.
Today's subject: Curiosity. It started from a podcast entitled, "How Marriage Works", where it mentioned that a curious mind (or the lack thereof) can make or break a marriage. Basically, that you need to match your partner's level of curiosity or there will undoubtedly be "issues". Now, I know for a fact that Max is a curious person, maybe too curious sometimes :) But it got me thinking, "Am I curious?" So, I searched for other podcasts on the subject and found, "How Curiosity Works". Perfect. Apparently curiosity directly opposes fear. So, if you're fearful, you won't be curious; or at least you won't act on your curiosity. And subsequently, the reverse is also true; if you're curious, you don't fear.
So am I curious?? Well, after listening to the second podcast, I googled it. I found a quiz to determine my level of curiosity. I took the whole test, but before I could see the results, I had to sign up to be a member of a site called, "OKcupid". That's where my curiosity ended and fear kicked in. Guess I'm only curious to the amount of a little less than signing up for an online dating site with a cartoon girl in hooker boots on the homepage. Or maybe that's just common sense.
Check it out. And then listen to 4 or 5 more...