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Salim Solaiman


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Why kids lose curiosity in the process of growing up?

Kids are more curious than we adults are. They ask lot of questions which we adult don't and it's is a sign of curiosity. They also try lot of things that we don't. Now why they lose it over time as they grow. Is it a learnt behavior that they learn from "Don't Ask", "Don't Do" phenomenon around them & taking things as granted. Or some neurological changes really happens in the process of growing up?
By stopping asking question or trying new things do we get smarter/wiser or we get dumber ?


Closing Statement from Salim Solaiman

Thanks to all TED members for thier valued contribution and thoughts. There were lot more points on societal reason to be the killer of curiosity but we can't disagree there is biology behind it as well. Good news is that both can be taken care of to keep our future generation curious for longer period and hence supporting to be more creative to solve the challenge of future.

Enjoyed and learnt from you all !!!

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    Mar 29 2011: great question... Well i believe you should always try to learn more and ask questions all the time. Why is it like this, why dont we do this. etc. etc. how else are we going to learn ? It's not like we all of a sudden stop learning things. no we learn not to learn stuff. If you get my point.

    Everyone is curios. Otherwise we wouldn't learn. We just tone it down after a while because we often are told not to so we learn not to learn.

    or this is atleast what I think.

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