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

Author: Ian Leslie
Publisher: Toronto, ON : House of Anansi Press Inc., 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Our extraordinary capacity to take pleasure in discovering, learning, and understanding. How the practice of 'deep curiosity' -- persistent, self-reflective seeking of knowledge and insight -- is key to the success of our careers, the happiness of our children, the strength of our relationships, and the progress of societies. It is a fragile quality, which wanes and waxes over time, and we take it for granted at  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Leslie, Ian, 1972-, author.
Curious.:
Toronto, Ontario : House of Anansi Press, 2014.
(CaOONL)20149027354
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Leslie
ISBN: 9781770894037 1770894039
OCLC Number: 879516188
Description: 310 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Part one: how curiosity works --
1. Three journeys --
2. How curiosity begins --
3. Puzzles and mysteries --
Part two: the curiosity divide --
4. Three ages of curiosity --
5. The curiosity dividend --
6. The power of questions --
7. The importance of knowing --
Part three: staying curious --
8. Seven ways to stay curious.
Responsibility: Ian Leslie.

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"Our extraordinary capacity to take pleasure in discovering, learning, and understanding. How the practice of 'deep curiosity' -- persistent, self-reflective seeking of knowledge and insight -- is key to the success of our careers, the happiness of our children, the strength of our relationships, and the progress of societies. It is a fragile quality, which wanes and waxes over time, and we take it for granted at our peril. Ian Leslie proposes that the Internet is opening up a 'curiosity gap, ' by exacerbating the divide between those with a large cognitive appetite, and those happy knowing no more than they have to know; between the curious and the incurious. He uses many stories to illustrate his points: Benjamin Franklin at Portsmouth Harbour studying the effect of oil on choppy waters; a bored Galileo distracting himself in a Pisa cathedral by observing the swinging of a recently lit lamp; Leonardo da Vinci doodling ideas in his notebook; Google co-founder Larry Page's thoughts on the perfect search engine; and the invention of the microwave oven. Ian Leslie is the author of Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit. He lives in London, England"--Provided by publisher.

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