The Desire to Know and Why your Future Depends on It

Book - 2014
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"Today it seems we have the world at our fingertips. Thanks to smartphones and tools such as Google and Wikipedia, we're able to feed any aspect of our curiosity instantly. But does this mean we are actually becoming more curious? Absolutely not. In Curious, Ian Leslie argues that true curiosity-the sustained quest for understanding that begets insight and innovation-is becoming increasingly difficult to harness in our wired world. We confuse ease of access to information with curiosity, and risk losing our ability to ask questions that extend our knowledge gap rather than merely filling it. Worst of all, this decline in curiosity has led to a decline in empathy and our ability to care about those around us. Combining the latest science with an urgent call to cultivate curious minds, Curious draws on psychology, social history, and popular culture to show that being deeply curious is our only hope when it comes to solving current crises-as well as an essential part of being human."--Publisher information.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
ISBN: 9780465079964
Branch Call Number: 153.8 LESLIE
Characteristics: xxiv, 216 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 03, 2015

I wasn't expecting a book with great in depth revelations about curiosity. I still highly enjoyed all chapters of this book. Easy to read and interesting experiments, stories and points of view that I would have otherwise never known. Definitely recommend this book!

May 12, 2015

I was really disappointed. This is a thin and superficial book. Ironically, it doesn't reflect the kind of depth and breadth of learning that it itself advocates. It does however open by pandering to readers, letting us know that we must be special just by virtue of having started reading a book on curiosity.

Apr 06, 2015

This is a highly readable yet almost academic book on the value of curiosity. The end of the book details seven ways to encourage concentrated and focused curiosity in life. Highly recommended.

Mar 05, 2015

A really interesting and eye-opening read into the depths of what it means to be curious. Highly recommended!

Aug 24, 2014

an excellent book,very thought provoking,with the author warning of what will continue to happen if we don,t carry on being" curious". The only problem is the author will be "preaching to the converted" as most probably only "curious'' people will be able to understand what he is suggesting!


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