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The Dangers of Being Incurious

Though Carl Sagan didn’t actually say oft-attributed words, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known,” he undoubtedly thought it. It is impossible to think of Sagan and not connect the idea of discovery and curiosity. When we become adults, we are coaxed by social norms into being incurious. But the human brain doesn’t reward the incurious.

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How Edgar Allan Poe Invented The Big Bang

“Every plot, worth the name,” says Edgar Allan Poe, “must be elaborated to its dénouement before any thing be attempted with the pen.” As it turns out, this is also the way Poe thought of the universe, leading him to become one of the earliest to conceive of a big bang cosmology.