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note: to those coming from The Choices We Make page, what follows below is an example of what we at Project Worldview call a worldview theme. Altogether our latest worldview theme structure (version 5.0) has 104 such worldview themes--each with a web page like this!


I value free inquiry—unconstrained by authority—as the best way for gaining knowledge and perfecting society.  I promote maximizing individual liberty of thought, belief, and questioning. Unlike many, I am especially curious. I value the freedom to let my imagination run wild! I’m driven to seek out and explore new territory in pursuing intellectual rewards. I get a thrill out of acquiring new knowledge, making new connections— even out of mustering courage to not conform.  I'm especially productive working at the interface of internal imagination and external experience.

More Information About This Worldview Theme

a diamond WV Theme...

...individual <---> knowledge

the theme is paired with: #15 The Group Think Imperative to make Choice #12   in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:  version 2.0 & 3.0         is this theme new to version 4?--NO

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch issue #66 posted 1/18/2021 Pulling the Plug on Those Spreading Big Lies 
Worldview Watch issue #64, posted 7/22/2020  The New Ideology of Journalism
issue #43, posted 3/14/2015: Celebrating Each Day: Pi, St. Patrick, Uncle John and Uncle Albert
issue #27, posted 10/26/2012 Critical Thinking, Prayer,  and the Free Inquiry Path to a Worldview
issue #4, posted 2 /2 /2010  Democracy vs. Authoritarianism

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

curiosity   Freedom of Thought imagination
Creativity  Academic Freedom Inquiry 
Divergent thinking Freedom of the Press  Intellectual Freedom
storytelling  Discovery Learning Inquiry Education 
  opposite of exhibiting functional fixedness  

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#2A   The True Believer #2B I Know What's Best For You   #4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #9A   Religious Fundamentalism 
#9B  In God's Hands: Apocalypticism #11A  Fatalism   #14A  Salvation & Moralistic God    #16A Culture of Fear  
#17A  Bitterness & Vengeance    #20B Authoritarian Followers   #25   Evil is Out There #33A   Servitude / Enslaved 
#33B  Addiction  #34 Valuing Traditions and Status Quo    #36B  Conspiracies   #37A   Proud Identification & Tribalism  
#39B Blaming / Scapegoating  #44A Sanctity & Dignity of Life  #48A Privacy #101B Mind Narrowly Focused
#203A Hierarchical Rigidity #204B  Limits & Ethics      

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #30: Imagination, Curiosity, Intellectual Freedom

Censorship and Intellectual Freedom Page 
Free Inquiry magazine (information on publication from

“Maria Ressa, Crusading Journalist, Is Convicted in Philippines Libel Case” by Jason Gutierrez and Alexandria Stevenson (The New York Times story on threat to freedom of the press June 14 2020)

"Will the world embrace Plan S, the radical proposal to mandate open access to science papers?" by Tania Rabesandratana (from Science Jan 3 2019)

Why?: What Makes Us Curious by Mario Livio (author is an astrophysicist, book review by John Williams NY Times July 2017)

"War on Science: Here Are Some of the Banned Words at Trump’s Ag Department" by Oliver Milman (Aug 7 2017  Mother Jones)

"China’s Internet Censors Play a Tougher Game of Cat and Mouse" by Paul Mozur (in The NY Times August 3 2017)

Why? What Makes Us Curious by Mario Livio (interview of author by John Williams NY Times July 16 2017)
Curiosity Stream  (June 11 2017 Science News article about science related documentary streaming service)
Media Freedom in Turkey (report from The Economist August 6 2016)
"...Chief Offers Deal in Chinese Press Censorship Row" by John Ruwitch and James Promfret (news report from Reuters Jan 8 2013)
Media Matters for America ("dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing"--liberal perspective)
Media Research Center ("to educate the public and media on bias in the media"--conservative perspective)
Free eBooks by Project Gutenberg
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (book review The Economist Oct 4 2014)
Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It by Ian Leslie (review by Ben East of this 2014 book posted on The Guardian)
Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist  (collection of 27 autobiographical essays on this topic)
"The Pleasure of Finding Things Out" by Richard Feynman (essay recalling childhood experiences of the famous physicist)
Curiosity: The Fuel of Development
"Everyday Creativity" by Carlin Flora ( article in Nov 2009 Psychology Today)
The Age of Wonder, by Richard Holmes (excerpt from this highly acclaimed 2009 book)
Curiosity and Exploration
Edge (online thought-provoking website exploring questions "at the edge of the world's knowledge")
Academic Earth ("thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars")
Awakening Genius
National Association for Gifted Children ("supporting the needs of high potential learners")
Learning Theories
Academic Freedom (from the Dictionary of the History of Ideas)
American Association of University Professors ("academic freedom for a free society")
Why We Need to Protect Academic Freedom, by John K. Wilson
Storm Center (1956 classic movie starring Betty Davis about intellectual freedom and library censorship--from online encyclopedia)
Learning Concepts
Shape and the First Hundred Nouns (acquiring 1st concepts)
Comparing Burke's Connections and Rogers' Diffusion of Innovation -- Implications for Education
What is an Ontology?
Learning -- Behavioral Psychology (links)
Sparks of Genius, by R. & M. Root-Bernstein (a book about creative thinking)
Einstein and Intellectual Freedom
quotes on intellectual freedom, censorship and related topics
quotes related to curiosity

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.