Adam Smith, defining the feeling of wonder, that experience of novelty, that rush of newness and curiosity. In his 1795 writing on the “History of Astronomy” Smith placed wonder as the cornerstone of science and philosophy, where it has always been, and where it will always continue to be.
Perhaps this is the key experience that separates us from animals. Our ability to investigate disturbances in our imagination, to answer for the unexpected, to embrace confusion, knowing that it can be conquered. And perhaps this most of all: We enjoy the experience.