In Awe of Wonder

Sunday, December 3, 2023

What Is It

Descartes said that the purpose of wonderment is “to enable us to learn and retain in our memory things of which we were formerly unaware.” He also said that those who are not inclined to wonder are “ordinarily very ignorant.” So what exactly is wonder, and how is it different from awe? Is wonder at the core of what drives us to search for novel insights? And can we suffer from an excess of wonderment? Josh and Ray stand in awe of Helen De Cruz from St. Louis University, author of Wonderstruck: How Wonder and Awe Shape the Way We Think (forthcoming).



Josh Landy  
Where does our sense of wonder come from?

Ray Briggs  
Does wonder have a purpose, or is it gloriously useless?

Josh Landy  
How can we pay more attention to marvelous things?

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Harold G. Neuman

Thursday, November 30, 2023 -- 12:38 PM

I wonder. Should I be

I wonder. Should I be awestruck, or should I stand in awe of wonderment.? The Valley of Wonderment is one of seven mentioned in writings of the Baha'i faith. These are, it seems to me, abstractions. What someone finds awesome, or, awe-full may only be wonderful to someone else. Which is the deeper sense, or, is there one, or, does it matter? I never truly pondered over the Seven Valleys all that much. They seemed a charming abstraction---a means or pathway to discovery of peace and serenity.. I drifted away from the path for a variety of reasons, unconnected with my support of the fundamental tenants of the faith.. Hope the show clarifies some things for you.. I am puzzling over whether AI can *see*. Some say it can/does/will. *seeing* is a fundamental concept, if we don't abuse it...

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