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Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It
 
 

Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It [Kindle Edition]

Ian Leslie
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'I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious' Albert Einstein.

Everyone is born curious. But only some retain the habits of exploring, learning and discovering as they grow older. Which side of the'curiosity divide' are you on?

In Curious Ian Leslie makes a passionate case for the cultivation of our desire to know. Curious people tend to be smarter, more creative and more successful. But at the very moment when the rewards of curiosity have never been higher, it is misunderstood and undervalued, and increasingly practised only by a cognitive elite.

Drawing on fascinating research from psychology, sociology and business, Curious looks at what feeds curiosity and what starves it, and uncovers surprising answers. Curiosity isn't a quality you can rely on to last a lifetime, but a mental muscle that atrophies without regular exercise. It's not a gift, but a habit that parents, schools, workplaces and individuals need to nurture if it is to thrive.

Filled with inspiring stories, case studies and practical advice, Curious will change the way you think about your own mental life, and that of those around you.

About the Author

Ian Leslie lives in London where he combines careers in advertising and writing. His book Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit was hailed as 'consistently startling and fascinating' by the Daily Mail and was BBC Radio 4's 'Book of the Week'. He writes about ideas, culture, and politics for a wide range of publications including Intelligent Life, the New Statesman, and the Guardian, and is the creator and presenter of the BBC radio comedy, Before They Were Famous.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 906 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (30 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HVBJYZ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wondering what is around the next corner? 9 May 2014
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Curiosity may have killed the cat but according to this book it is perhaps the major reason why homo sapiens moved away from their primate cousins to become the pre-eminent species on earth, in power terms at least. Using many examples of typical behaviours, results of experiments and historical anecdotes, the theory is expounded in a clear and easily understandable way. Of course a book of this size doesn't go into any great depth but is aimed at the layman who may want to know why some of us turn over stones to see what's underneath, take apart engines to see how they are put together or want to learn things like ancient languages that may have no practical or financial value to the user but they do it for the sake of it. Curious? Then read this book and understand why.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and inspiring 21 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A fascinating, easy read.

I was particularly interested in the ideas outlined about the most effective way to inspire a child to retain a natural curiosity about life and learning and the economic and life-style difference such a curiosity can, in due course, create.
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