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

August 2, 2014|
Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It by Ian Leslie
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The latest from Ian Leslie, the author of Born Liars, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, is a fascinating look at the human characteristic of curiosity - our extraordinary capacity to take pleasure in discovering, learning, and understanding.

Curious shows 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. But it also argues that it is a fragile quality, which wanes and waxes over time, and that 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 draws on many sources and 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; the invention of the microwave oven; the advantages of your local bookseller over Amazon''s algorithms; a reassessment of Donald Rumsfeld''s defense strategy, and many more.

Rich, textured, and exciting, Curious is a new take on the most absorbing human trait of all.

Ian Leslie is the critically acclaimed author of Born Liars: Why We Can''t Live Without Deceit, which was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. He has written about politics, culture, marketing, and psychology for the Guardian, The Times, Prospect, and the BBC. He lives in London, England.
Title:Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It
Product dimensions:320 pages, 8.5 X 5.32 X 0.81 in
Shipping dimensions:320 pages, 8.5 X 5.32 X 0.81 in
Published:August 2, 2014
Publisher:House Of Anansi Press Inc
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781770894037

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