Kim Todd/Emily Grasile

The main argument that Kim Todd makes in Curious is that humans are most happy when they have something to pursue or discover.  She claims through the evidence of different scientific studies, through a recount of her own exploration, and even through engaging the reader’s own curiosity, that its not the goal, but rather the pursuit of the goal that brings joy and a thrill. Towards the conclusion of the piece, Todd states, “Maybe my question about Merian was never going to have a definitive answer. Certainly, I could never know what was going on in her mind. Maybe the question was going to change as I pursued it. Certainly, its pursuit was changing me”. This quote gives the evidence that because a goal can often change, it is the pursuit that drives the goal rather than the goal that drives the pursuit. Furthermore, a goal can either be met or not and a question can either be answered or not, but the pursuit can provide joy, knowledge, and lead to more questions or goals.


Graslie makes the argument that story tellers or specifically “chief curiosity corespondents” are invaluable and more are needed. She states,”you can’t be curious about something if you don’t know it existists.” Along with this statement, she displays the picture of her holding a vile of 4 billion year old crystals from the formation of the universe in her hand. This picture is used to explain how something so small can be so important and would make so many people curious, but people don’t know about it. Instead they pass it up to go see something that is bigger and flashier, but less important. So, because of this people are needed to explain why these small things are so important.