Recently I have become more interested in how my car works, and what I can do to help service and maintain it. Last night I was wondering why I wanted to learn about engines and understand the workings of my car, and that question soon followed into the one in the title of this thread. If we disregard both egoistic (learning about cars to impress your mates, or to be someone who others look up to as knowledegable) and humanistic (learning about cars so you can help others when their's break) reasons for learning, then what is left? Why do we seek to understand things around us? Humanistic and egoistic reasons may contribute to my thirst for an understanding, but they definatly don't seem to make up the bulk of it. At first I thought I was learning about my car so that I could really appreciate it, and instead of just being a passenger riding on the surface form of my car, I was involved in it's substance and therefore more connected to it. But then that would mean to really feel part of something you have to understand it?! I don't understand much f the world around me but I still appreciate and feel part of it, and sometimes I feel that learning more about something, and understanding the world in scientific terms can take away from a feeling of oneness. What do you think? I think I am really just terrible at answering relatively simple questions, I always get hung up on little things.