Interestingness

The artist, we suppose, has the high function of seeking beauty, the saint has the high function of seeking goodness, the scientist and the philosopher has the high function of seeking truth.

But it’s not truth or goodness or beauty necessarily that drives us—it’s interestingness, novelty, non-random unpredictability.

For instance, it certainly is a fact that most people greatly value originality in a philosopher, or indeed any writer. I am not here talking about the value of originality in art, but in ideas, in intellectual constructions, in propositions, in theories.

why do we ever want to know truth? is it for the sake of its truth? Or is it for the sake of its interestingness?

Truth is the end—it’s the destination, it’s not the journey. The journey is interesting.

Pursue truth for it’s usefulness or utility (engineering).

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Truth is the cookie… the reward for validating (or at least not falsifying ) a conjecture.

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Some false ideas hold value.

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