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

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

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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.


The Good Book Guide logo 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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Curious The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on it by Ian Leslie

'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.

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'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

. * New York Times * 'Timely and readable
Guardian

. * Guardian * 'Leslie [...] writes convincingly [...] about the human need and desire to learn deeply and develop expertise
Wall Street Journal

. * Wall Street Journal * 'An inspiring read that gives lie to the old saying that ignorance is bliss
Good Book Guide

. * Good Book Guide * 'A lovely, erudite exploration of what it is that makes us human
Independent on Sunday

. * Independent on Sunday *


About the Author

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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Publication date

4th June 2015

Author

Ian Leslie

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Publisher

Quercus Publishing Plc

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

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ISBN

9781782064978

Publisher Profile

Quercus Publishing Plc is an imprint of Quercus

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Starting out in a small office in Dorset Street, London, the company quickly expanded, producing best sellers with each of its first two titles, Universe and Speeches that Changed the World.

As well as winning awards for their books Quercus also won Small Publisher of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards and the PLUS New Company fo the Year in the Fast Growth Business Awards.

Publisher's Website

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