Elevated Social Curiosity (ESC - An Escape From The Normal)

What is elevated social curiosity?

I think elevated social curiosity is the idea in which, 'asking smart questions feels natural.'  Whether an elevated question be posed before someone else or yourself, the naturalness of the question brought forth still applies.  I can assure you that anyone can ask questions, but what constitutes a smart or elevated question is what we will be talking about.  How do we actually build upon a topic at hand with smart questions?  How do we improve our mutual existence with others and ourselves?  Over the course of this short read I hope to offer my personal insight into how to reach a state of elevated social curiosity. 

The real question is... "Is a state of elevated social curiosity prevented by habit, the disconnection from presence, simple disinterest in a subject, or does it come down to a question of inner beliefs (how we think we think)?"

Awareness & Presence
Being able to notice when something is out-of-place during a presentation and being mentally aware of what is happening, that is elevated social curiosity, although it is unapplied till you ask a question.  Moreover, I think social curiosity is truly being able to tell when you have a question, making a mental note of it, and fearlessly attacking with a question.

How do I create more awareness and presence within a situation?

I think that is a hard question to answer.  My suggestion may span from eating healthier, exercising, to meditation.  All of these can increase mental awareness and clarity.  Eating healthy would involve lots of fats, vegetables, and some high quality meats.  In regards to exercise and/or meditation, I would perform one or both of these at most an hour before you want to reach a mental peak.  I think meditation could be just as powerful, but the benefits can often be unpredictable if your mind is uncalm or rushed during practice.

One of my biggest suggestions for increasing presence is 'research'.  As a minimum, I'd find a list of basic questions to ask people or about topics and memorize them.  Use these and modify them to ask smarter questions that apply to virtually anything.  You could practice by asking yourself these questions on a daily basis.

Building off of research, the benefits of 'reading the book before lecture' apply everywhere.  Once you have at least skimmed research over the subject you are about to attend, you will have ideas of your own and will be able to approach the presenter with those questions.

Habit & Belief
What does awareness and presence routines boil down to?

Habit! That's right, the thing that makes decision-making a bit easier.  I think it may be possible to genuinely create questions on the fly, but if it isn't habit to be elevated to a new level of social curiosity, then it may never happen.  Create the habit of asking good questions not only makes us all smarter, but allows the self to have more belief benefits.  It is like adding, as anthropologists might phrase it, a positive symptom to the symptom pool.  This positive symptom of asking elevated questions would act as a feedback loop in the brain.  The social gratification of asking questions would release dopamine thus tempting the neurons to ask for more pinches.

Subject Disinterest
What if the question of elevated social curiosity is wrong?  What is the probability that the subjects at hand are just uninteresting?

Should I make the uninteresting into interesting?  Well, hell yeah, make it the most interesting thing on the planet if it matters to you.  If the subject is boring, but you'd like it to matter, make connections.  By making connections, I think that connecting past experiences or technology with the subject in class can be extremely beneficial.  For example, if you are studying the chemical structure of tires, compare the tires to other materials that may be more effective.  "Why do we have to use rubber and why should we accept tires as a standard?"  The reading of the book or doing some quick google research can also help.

It may also help to ask a friend and see what they think of your question, and if you have no friends, that should be your first quest for elevated social curiosity.  In this newfound questions for friends, imagine what it would feel like for somebody else to ask you the question at hand.  It might be hard at first, but it is possible.

One of the best things to do is remind yourself that you are curious.  What we believe, we feed to ourselves, and like any food, what we intake affects our body and mind.

Bake different ways of increasing subject interest, creating strong habits, and changing a lifestyle for presence of mind.  The effects may be surprising.

Elevate the mind,



Popular Posts