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

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

by Ian Leslie

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Overview

A fun yet provocative look at the importance of staying curious in an increasingly indifferent world

Everyone is born curious. But only some retain the habits of exploring, learning, and discovering as they grow older. Those who do so 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 monopolized by the cognitive elite. A "curiosity divide" is opening up.

In Curious, Ian Leslie makes a passionate case for the cultivation of our "desire to know." Drawing on fascinating research from psychology, economics, education, and business, Leslie looks at what feeds curiosity and what starves it, and finds surprising answers. Curiosity is a mental muscle that atrophies without regular exercise and a habit that parents, schools, and workplaces need to nurture.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465097623
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 234,112
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ian Leslie writes on psychology, social trends, and politics for publications in the UK and US, including Slate, The Economist, NPR, Bloomberg.com, The Guardian, Daily Mail, the Times, Daily Telegraph, and Granta. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Fourth Drive ix

Part 1 How Curiosity Works

1 Three Journeys 3

2 How Curiosity Begins 19

3 Puzzles and Mysteries 31

Part 2 The Curiosity Divide

4 Three Ages of Curiosity 59

5 The Curiosity Dividend 79

6 The Power of Questions 89

7 The Importance of Knowing 105

Part 3 Staying Curious

8 Seven Ways to Stay Curious 135

1 Stay Foolish 135

2 Build the Database 143

3 Forage Like a Foxhog 149

4 Ask the Big Why 155

5 Be a Thinkerer 163

6 Question Your Teaspoons 170

7 Turn Puzzles into Mysteries 180

Afterword: Bjarni 185

Acknowledgments 191

Notes 193

Bibliography 199

Index 207

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