What is the meaning of curiosity in scientific attitude?

Curiosity involves an inquiry outside oneself. The scientific “attitude” is based on the assumption that the truth may be known through observation and experiment. The nonscientific attitude is the belief that truth already is known or that it may be known in ways that do not involve interacting with the external world. The scientific attitude is inherently progressive—and dangerous. The statement “Curiosity killed the cat” is not without wisdom. On the other hand, without interacting with the outside world, nothing gets done. Each step, each bite of food, is an “ex”-periment. The upshot: We are all scientists.

Pope Francis provides the opposing, indeterministic viewpoint:

Slide courtesy of Jerry Coyne ( http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/moar-bad-stuff-from-satan-and-the-pope/ ) from: Pope Francis, 2013, The spirit of curiosity distances one from God, Accessed June 16, 2014, http://en.radiovaticana.va/storico/2013/11/14/pope__the_spirit_of_curiosity_distances_one_from_god/en1-746498

The “confusion” alluded to here is an enduring problem for immaterialists who nonetheless must live in the material world. Would be solipsists expect contact with the world to produce contradictions and paradoxes. Like those who still believe that the universe exploded out of nothing, they have learned to live with the cognitive dissonance triggered by curiosity. The alternative is to stifle the engine of science at an early age. Joyce Meyer leads the battle:



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