Propensity for Curiosity, or PFC, began as a response to three fundamental convictions, which are as follows:
1) That, contrary to the message often conveyed around us, the world is a fascinating, mysterious, and immensely complex place.
2) That the most important question we must seek to answer about that world is:
What narrative, or story, do we see running through it?
3) That our deepest desire, when it comes to story, is not merely to hear or read a good story, but to be a part of one– to be characters in one.
Chapters and Acts
PFC is divided into Chapters and Acts.
Each week is a chapter, and every ten chapters are an act.
Generally speaking, the chapters all look alike, with one major exception- the chapter’s topic.
To determine each chapter’s topic, we begin by choosing three candidates. Candidate topics must meet the following criteria:
1) the topic must be an idea
2) the topic must have its own Wikipedia page
3) the Wikipedia page for the candidate topic must be linked to on the Wikipedia page for the current week’s topic
Once the candidate topics are chosen, they’re posted on the website for voting.
Anyone who visits the website is given a vote.
Whichever topic receives the most votes by the time the poll closes at the end of the week becomes the new topic for the following week / chapter.
The format for each chapter is pretty simple.
Each weekday morning at 6:54 (EST), you’ll find a new post attempting to explore the topic of the week.
Though the style of these posts may vary, the question asked is always the same:
What does this idea have to do with story?
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Welcome to Propensity for Curiosity…
a quest to find story in the world of ideas.