Curiosity is a strange thing. Thousands of generations of evolution have both selected for it and selected against it. On one hand, our ancestors weren't the ones who heard rustling in the grass outside of their cave and thought "I wonder what that is. Let's go see..." On the other hand, the ones to figure out tools gained a quick advantage. That puts us in an odd position: Many of our projects are these great hairy unknown things with lots of rustling in the grass, yet we have some neat tools.
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