The Desire to Know and Why your Future Depends on It

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"I have no special talents," said Albert Einstein. "I am only passionately curious."

Everyone is born curious. But only some retain the habits of exploring, learning, and discovering as they grow older. Those who do so tend to be smarter, more creative, and more successful. So why are many of us allowing our curiosity to wane?

In Curious , Ian Leslie makes a passionate case for the cultivation of our "desire to know." Just when the rewards of curiosity have never been higher, it is misunderstood, undervalued, and increasingly monopolized by a cognitive elite. A "curiosity divide" is opening up.

This divide is being exacerbated by the way we use the Internet. Thanks to smartphones and tools such as Google and Wikipedia, we can answer almost any question instantly. But does this easy access to information guarantee the growth of curiosity? No--quite the opposite. Leslie argues that true curiosity the sustained quest for understanding that begets insight and innovation--is in fact at risk in a wired world.

Drawing on fascinating research from psychology, economics, education, and business, Curious looks at what feeds curiosity and what starves it, and finds surprising answers. Curiosity isn't, as we're encouraged to think, a gift that keeps on giving. It is a mental muscle that atrophies without regular exercise and a habit that parents, schools, and workplaces need to nurture.

Filled with inspiring stories, case studies, and practical advice, Curious will change the way you think about your own mental habits, and those of your family, friends, and colleagues.
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780465079964
Characteristics: xxiv, 216 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Dec 03, 2015

I wasn't expecting a book with great in depth revelations about curiosity. I still highly enjoyed all chapters of this book. Easy to read and interesting experiments, stories and points of view that I would have otherwise never known. Definitely recommend this book!

May 12, 2015

I was really disappointed. This is a thin and superficial book. Ironically, it doesn't reflect the kind of depth and breadth of learning that it itself advocates. It does however open by pandering to readers, letting us know that we must be special just by virtue of having started reading a book on curiosity.

Apr 06, 2015

This is a highly readable yet almost academic book on the value of curiosity. The end of the book details seven ways to encourage concentrated and focused curiosity in life. Highly recommended.

Mar 05, 2015

A really interesting and eye-opening read into the depths of what it means to be curious. Highly recommended!

Aug 24, 2014

an excellent book,very thought provoking,with the author warning of what will continue to happen if we don,t carry on being" curious". The only problem is the author will be "preaching to the converted" as most probably only "curious'' people will be able to understand what he is suggesting!

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