Ideal vs. institutionalized

What’s it mean to be socially adept, or well-adjusted socially? I’ve looked upon the word “social” with disdain, but maybe my lack of value-belief in it is because the “social” has been translated badly into my personal vocabulary. It’s another word like feminism or religion or altruism that means different things in the ideal and the institutionalized sense.

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1 Why curiosity is important

I: I’ve been thinking about curiosity…

T: Would you say, you’ve been curious about curiosity?

I: Lol. I’ve just listened to a TED podcast “From curiosity to discovery.”

T: Tell me about it.

I: According to them, curiosity is the most essential ingredient to scientific discovery. Children are born with curiosity, but

at a certain point, that kind of curiosity starts to disappear…
It’s almost like the more we know about the world, the limits of what’s possible start to crowd in on us.

If you look at the childhoods of great scientists, their role models were people who encouraged curiosity. Adam Savage talked about that. Feynman, for example. Adam himself too: when Adam wanted a racecar for his teddy bear, his dad spent several weeks making one from scratch, starting from no knowledge of how to make one. It was very formative to him. I’m not sure this is exactly “curiosity,” maybe more “itch to make things,” but the itch to make and to find out things are similar that I feel I can group them together.

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