Descartes on Wonderment

Wonderment is the first passion of all… Those without any natural inclination to this passion are ordinarily very ignorant.”

Looking back on his life, the elderly Albert Einstein located his most significant existential turning point in a single moment of wonderment when he was a small boy. But what is wonderment, exactly, and what gives it the power to possess us so completely as to recalibrate our very being?

That is what René Descartes (March 31, 1596–February 11, 1650)...

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