By Daniel Gade
This e-book examines highbrow interest because the driver in scholarly pastime at the borderlands of geography, historical past, anthropology, and different disciplines. the idea is that interest is a salient trait of convinced humans previous and current and that every box has its exemplars during this regard. For Carl O. Sauer (1889-1975), America’s major geographer of the 20th century, and his highbrow descendants, the inquisitive spirit stood excessive at the checklist of integral scholarly attributes. Their curiosity-driven reviews converging area, time, ecology, and tradition concerned a fluid and unpredictable means of highbrow discovery. This booklet, combining the empirical with the philosophical and reflexive, describes how the facility of intrinsic motivation and the thread of a romantic cognizance combination with the enjoyment of polymathic exploration.
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Herodotus tells the reader that because Hellens eat cows, no Egyptian will kiss a Greek on the mouth. These and other sparkling details from his travels were indicative of a kind of curiosity that reveled in the wonders and diversity of foreign lands. qxd 8/8/2011 3:18 PM Page 24 24 curiosity, inquiry, and the geographical imagination Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) A remarkable public figure of early America, Benjamin Franklin was also an exceptionally curious individual. Best known for his stunning insight that connected lightning with electricity, Franklin also studied religion, invented bifocals, had ideas about preventing the common cold and designed new parts for sailing vessels.
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Spielberger and Starr 1994; Silvia 2006; Loewenstein 1994. 25. Peterson and Seligman 2004, 91. 26. Rainey 1970. 27. Yheul 1993. 28. Nowotny 2008. 29. Lonergan 1957. 30. Grimm 2008, 737–741. 31. Foucault 1980. 32. Lonergan 1957. 33. Freire 1998, 37–8. 34. Brew 2001. 35. Buttimer 1993, 218. To Shainess  and Csikszentmihalyi , the roots of creativity can be psychologically explained. qxd 8/8/2011 3:18 PM Page 21 curiosity about curiosity 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48.
Curiosity, Inquiry, and the Geographical Imagination by Daniel Gade