Spirit of discovery

The spirit of discovery is wanting to figure something out for yourself rather than look up the answer.

While it feels silly to say, the Internet has diminished my spirit of discovery. It feels inefficient to try something yourself when the answer is an instant Google away.

Aside: There’s also a chance I’m getting the wrong read on this, and it’s not just (a) the Internet, but that I’m situated (b) in computer science, or (c) in academia. It could be a mixture of all three.

One recent brief attempt to rekindle this in myself was wondering whether k-means on an image’s colors makes a good palette.