19. Accelerating Your Learning

Your Evolutionary Heritage

The chimpanzee is innately curious. Put him in a jungle or a room with dozens of objects, and he will touch, taste, shake, and investigate each one. His curiosity leads to learning about his environment and serendipitous learning.

The drive to explore and investigate the environment is universal across species. Curiosity is the impetus for scientific discovery—snooping on our neighbors, putting the man on the moon, and even being hooked on crossword puzzles. If you have ever stayed up late to watch the end of a movie only to be exhausted the next morning, or felt compelled to watch the end of a football game, you can blame it on curiosity, the instinct that bestows on us our ...

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