"Leslie delineates the various types of curiosity and what might be lost as we lean on search engines and offload our memories to cloud storage. He's at his best when considering how socioeconomic conditions impede curiosity."
--New York Times Book Review
"A refreshingly commonsensical voice in the ongoing argument over how to best mold human minds."
--Scientific American Mind
"Ian Leslie's fine new book Curious constitutes an excellent bridge between the two sides of the facts vs. experiences learning debate."
--Inside Higher Ed
Highly recommended for educators of all kinds. Leslie reaches to the true heart of education - turning students into 21st-century learners by bringing back that curiosity."
"A beautiful and important exploration of the need to nurture, develop, and explore our curiosity even when we've long left our childhood behind."
--Maria Konnikova, author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
"With this enthralling manifesto on the power of curiosity, Ian Leslie has written a book that displays all the key characteristics of its subject matter: an inquisitive, open-minded, and ultimately deeply rewarding exploration of the human mind's appetite for new ideas."
--Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From
"This book is a beautiful and fascinating tribute to one of mankind's most important virtues."
--Tyler Cowen, George Mason University
Descripción del producto
A fascinating multi-disciplinary analysis of why curiosity makes the world go round.
'A lovely, erudite exploration of what it is that makes us human' - Independent on Sunday
'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.