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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
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wondering what is around the next corner? 9 May 2014
By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Strengthening observational skills is a worthy objective. However, if a person has little (if any) curiosity driven by a desire to learn, to understand, what's the point? Also, someone with little (if any) curiosity probably has no interest in that fact.

It is no coincidence that companies that are annually ranked among those that are most innovative are also the most profitable and have the greatest cap value in their industry. What they also have in common is a culture within which anomalies are highly valued. This is what Isaac Asimov has in mind when observing, "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but `That's funny....'" Now more than at any prior time that I can remember, all organizations (whatever their size and nature may be) need both problem-finders and problem-solvers at all levels and in all areas of operation in the given enterprise.

As Ian Leslie explains, "A society that values order above all else will seek to suppress curiosity. But a society that believes in progress, innovation, and creativity will cultivate it, recognizing that the inquiring minds of its people constitute its most valuable asset." He goes on to point out, "During the Renaissance and Reformation, European societies started to see that their future lay with the curious and encouraged probing questions rather than stamping on them. The result was the biggest explosion of new ideas and scientific advances in history." Moreover, "The great unlocking of curiosity translated into a cascade of prosperity for the nations that precipitated it. Today, we cannot know for sure if we are in the middle of this golden period or at the end of it. But we are, at the very least, in a lull.
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Interesting topic, but too many examples of lazy writing, poor arguments and cherry-picking evidence.
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