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Curious The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on it

by Ian Leslie

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LoveReading View on Curious The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on it

This is a book about our extraordinary capacity to take pleasure in discovering, learning and understanding - an analysis of why curiosity makes the world go round.


Curious The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on it Synopsis

'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.


The Good Book Guide Review

Apathy is undermining our society and is the cause of antisocial behaviour and negativism in ‘broken Britain’, according to the author of this thought-provoking study. We are not to think of inquisitiveness as a characteristic we all possess that will inevitably spur our intellectual development, but as a ‘mental muscle’ that needs exercise if it is not to atrophy with age as cynicism, fatalism, or resignation takes hold. To this end, Leslie provides practical exercises as well as inspiring stories and case studies to support his theory, in an inspiring read that gives lie to the old saying that ignorance is bliss.

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ISBN: 9781782064978
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782064978
Publication date: 4th June 2015
Author: Ian Leslie
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Popular Science,
Categories: Popular psychology,

About Ian Leslie

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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