The human mind has the capacity to retain incomparable information. We as a species have always looked to grow in our understanding of life and the universe. There’s a desire to figure out why events take place. We want a pattern for us to predict, and possibly take control of the situation.
In the earlier days of civilization there was not a large amount of knowledge in what we now call science. In these days, you knew what you could see. You could not see a sickness or virus, only the effects of it. Without the knowledge of what caused these sicknesses, people were unable to effectively help the sick, and it often lead to death. Not only is curiosity a factor in our search for knowledge, but so is survival. Though we are not nearly close to knowing everything in the medical field, we know much more and are able to both prevent and treat illnesses.
What else has progressed through history? Communication and information technology. Think about the device that you are reading this on. Whether it be a computer, tablet, or phone it is still the same concept. You have in front of you a device that can reach past borders and find out information from all over the world. These devices are a new phenomenon. In the beginning you found out information through word of mouth. Later on, formal languages and writing became most prominent. As the years progressed and we get into the more technical age the printing press was invented. Eventually we find ourselves here, with our little portable computers. Why did humans create these things? Yes, they are cool and you can play mind-numbing games on them, but what else? All of these progressions allow us to spread knowledge to farther sections of the world. Written letters could be delivered to people to hear information. Mass production of newspapers allowed the general public to receive news. Knowledge can be passed down through the generations, and we no longer need to remember it all because we can just search it up when we need it.
Science and communication are just examples of how we have progressed in our desire of knowledge. The more we find out about the universe, the more questions we have and the more we want to know. I don’t think we will ever stop searching for knowledge, so expect lots of changes in the future due to new discoveries. Though I cannot find out the answers to all of these questions because some of them relate to the future, I will propose them anyways.
Will the information on the internet one day cease to exist (ex. due to change of technology)? If so, what will happen to the collective human knowledge that the internet has brought us?
How does the need for knowledge (survival) compare to the desire for knowledge (curiosity)?
Is it possible to one day have discovered everything about the universe that we wonder now?
Feel free to comment sharing your thoughts on these matters and I’d love to discuss!