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

Author: Ian Leslie
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, 2015. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Leslie
ISBN: 9780465079964 0465079962 9780465097623 0465097626
OCLC Number: 914195457
Notes: Hardcover originally published in 2014 by Basic Books.
Description: xxiv, 216 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: the fourth drive --
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. 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 --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Ian Leslie.

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"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.

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