'Timely and readable' Guardian
'An inspiring read that gives lie to the old saying that ignorance is bliss' Good Book Guide
'A lovely, erudite exploration of what it is that makes us human' Independent on Sunday
'Leslie [...] writes convincingly [...] about the human need and desire to learn deeply and develop expertise' Wall Street Journal
'Stuffed with facts, ideas, questions, quotes, musings, findings, puzzles, mysteries, and stories, this is a book - as Montaigne said of travel - with which to 'rub and polish' one's brain. It's the most delightful thing I've read about the mind in quite some time' New York Times
From the Back Cover
'I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious' Albert Einstein
Everyone is born curious. But only some of us retain the habits of exploring, learning and discovering as we 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.