All children run into self-proclaimed authorities like parents who keep telling them in solemn voices that it is strictly forbidden to go through this or that door, because something horrible could happen’ (Bais, 2010: 21). ‘But if you overcome authority and curiosity does drive you into new territories, then you are faced with new questions: ‘‘How do we know what we believe?’’ and: ‘‘How reliable are our observations?’’’ (pp. 25–26). This can unsettle relationships and hierarchies. Curious children challenge parents and teachers; intellectuals challenge religious and secular authorities; scientists challenge each other; and, perhaps most importantly, curious people challenge and interrogate their own ideas and assumptions. This is why curiosity is widely and accurately regarded as a threat to the established order of things, and why curious individuals are variously seen as ‘upstarts’ who challenge for positions of power (Benedict, 2001) or subversives (Sennett, 2008: 114) who show ‘a lack of respect for the traditional hierarchies’ (Foucault, 1988: 328).