Arguing with Wasserman is a thankless task, but it seems to me that the pursuit of knowledge is not an independent process, but only a consequence of the imperfection of the picture of the world. That is, a person does not seek to know something, but only wants to eliminate the burning feeling of not knowing about phenomena, which for some reason seems very unusual.
We are constantly, from time immemorial, surrounded by an environment incomprehensible to us and trying to offer it an adequate, consistent explanation. But the world is always separate, and a person is always separate, and none of the most perfect scheme ever becomes identical to the original (as the drawing of a key is actually always worse than a real key).
Therefore, explaining the pursuit of knowledge by curiosity and love of thought, as did a respected Connoisseur, is the same as justifying the existence of a term by the presence of synonyms in the language. Although the feeling of "anticipation of knowledge" is felt like curiosity, its ultimate and real goal is precisely a complete and consistent representation, whether it be understanding musical harmony, geopolitics or the behavior of particles in the quantum world.
But I can't even remember where the craving for knowledge came from. She is always with me. Saves from boredom, from mental pain, from dull sitting at the computer (it immediately becomes useful). Probably, either it is embedded in the psyche even before birth, or something like that. Or it was also laid down, but did not develop. And then under the influence of circumstances (change of scenery, new job, travel, study, relationship), an already matured person discovers this ability in himself. Consequently, changes in life awaken her, a craving for knowledge. Isn't that a question?
Philosophical question! The desire to know arises in different ways for different people. I was at the presentation of one of the first bowling alleys, I really liked the game, I began to say: "How great, you need to figure out the rules, then it will be even more interesting!", And the owner's wife replied: "Nothing is needed, the main thing is to be cool, but here - cool! " At a restaurant or at a party, you probably heard the question: "How delicious. How is it prepared? I'll cook it at home!" First: The desire to know arises in someone who wants to understand the essence, use it more fully, improve it, learn the same thing, explain to others. Second: The desire to know arises from those who want to appropriate, take away: "Baratino, where did you see the painted hearth?" There are many shades. As a person arises a desire to know, so is a person. It happens that the desire to know does not arise, and most importantly, it should be cool. But bliss without knowledge is more difficult to achieve.
Curiosity builds up gradually. As you become interested in something, you discover more and more information about it. This information generates familiar associations in you, which means it generates interest. Interest does not arise out of the blue. It is always associated with reflection. The more familiar you are with a particular field of activity, the more reason you have for reflection in this area. Again, the more reasons for interest.
Let's imagine that a person's head is empty ... All for the first time. You came to the library, and there are thousands of books. Usually a person starts searching in connection with some issue that interested you in the course of any activity. Interest is always activity, and then curiosity in its purest form. Starting with some important actions for you, you gradually begin to accumulate information related not only to the actions that you perform at a particular moment, but also to something close to the topic. This accumulation leads to the fact that you find information in a certain field of activity, and then want to learn more. You get new reasons for thought.
To memorize something in order to know is very difficult. Memorizing and cramming is considered one of the most difficult and unpleasant activities. Training courses that require a lot of memorization are considered the most unpleasant for participants. For example, for medical students - Anatomy. There you need to memorize many names of organs and their location. And for evolutionary biologists, the course of Anatomy is noticeably easier, since they begin to imagine “How is the mutual arrangement of organs generated?”. You need to think, then it will be easier to imagine. All the work of our consciousness is built not on the accumulation of disparate facts, but on the processes of deliberation.