- "What is it about growing up that tamps down and displaces curiosity with boredom, disinterest,and indifference? Some people might place the blame for its loss on our system of schooling, which tends to reward the right answers more than the right questions, so that teachers feel under pressure to "teach to the test.'" (p. 89) (oh, yes, this is the bane of our current system and often kills the creative and curious spirit in both teachers and students)
- "Penicillin was born out of mold. Chemotherapy drugs were derived from mustard gas used as chemical warfare in World War I....Antidepressants were developed during research on antituberculosis agents. Viagra was initially studied for use in high blood pressure and chest pain...." (93) (all of the above and several others mentioned were found in the search for something else)
- "Every thought we have is an event that exists physically in the neurological pathways of our brain. The more often we repeat a certain thought, the more robust the particular pathway needed for that thought becomes. And interestingly, the more we repeat a certain thought pattern, the more readily that neural pathway fires in the future. Neuroscientists call this increase of ease in neural firing kindling, and we can leverage this physiological mechanism to increase our individual curiosity." (97)
Cummings also advises stepping out of the box and becoming curious about things you are not normally interested in.