The Desire to Know and Why your Future Depends on It

Book - 2014
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"Our extraordinary capacity to take pleasure in discovering, learning, and understanding. How the practice of 'deep curiosity' -- persistent, self-reflective seeking of knowledge and insight -- is key to the success of our careers, the happiness of our children, the strength of our relationships, and the progress of societies. It is a fragile quality, which wanes and waxes over time, and we take it for granted at our peril. Ian Leslie proposes that the Internet is opening up a 'curiosity gap,' by exacerbating the divide between those with a large cognitive appetite, and those happy knowing no more than they have to know; between the curious and the incurious. He uses many stories to illustrate his points: Benjamin Franklin at Portsmouth Harbour studying the effect of oil on choppy waters; a bored Galileo distracting himself in a Pisa cathedral by observing the swinging of a recently lit lamp; Leonardo da Vinci doodling ideas in his notebook; Google co-founder Larry Page's thoughts on the perfect search engine; and the invention of the microwave oven. Ian Leslie is the author of Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit. He lives in London, England"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : House of Anansi Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781770894037
Branch Call Number: 155.232 LES NVD
Characteristics: 310 pages; 22 cm


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Jan 06, 2019

im only on the intro but i can already see this will be a great book

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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