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Curious : the desire to know and why your future depends on it

Author: Ian Leslie
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
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"Today it seems we have the world at our fingertips. Thanks to smartphones and tools such as Google and Wikipedia, we're able to feed any aspect of our curiosity instantly. But does this mean we are actually becoming more curious? Absolutely not. In Curious, Ian Leslie argues that true curiosity-the sustained quest for understanding that begets insight and innovation-is becoming increasingly difficult to harness in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Leslie
ISBN: 9780465079964 0465079962
OCLC Number: 869266740
Description: xxiv, 216 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The fourth drive --
pt. 1. How curiosity works : Three journeys ; How curiosity begins ; Puzzles and mysteries --
pt. 2. The curiosity divide : Three ages of curiosity ; The curiosity dividend ; The power of questions ; The importance of knowing --
pt. 3. Staying curious : Seven ways to stay curious: Stay foolish, Build the database, Forage like a foxhog, Ask the big why, Be a thinkerer, Question your teaspoons, Turn puzzles into mysteries --
Afterword: Bjarni.
Responsibility: Ian Leslie.

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"Today it seems we have the world at our fingertips. Thanks to smartphones and tools such as Google and Wikipedia, we're able to feed any aspect of our curiosity instantly. But does this mean we are actually becoming more curious? Absolutely not. In Curious, Ian Leslie argues that true curiosity-the sustained quest for understanding that begets insight and innovation-is becoming increasingly difficult to harness in our wired world. We confuse ease of access to information with curiosity, and risk losing our ability to ask questions that extend our knowledge gap rather than merely filling it. Worst of all, this decline in curiosity has led to a decline in empathy and our ability to care about those around us. Combining the latest science with an urgent call to cultivate curious minds, Curious draws on psychology, social history, and popular culture to show that being deeply curious is our only hope when it comes to solving current crises-as well as an essential part of being human."--Publisher information.

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