Curious by Ian Leslie audiobook

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

By Ian Leslie
Read by Sean Runnette

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge 9780465079964

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665156523

  • ISBN: 9781665156509

  • ISBN: 9781665156516

Runtime: 7.42 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Psychology
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

We've come to misunderstand curiosity, mistaking diversive curiosity, our attraction to novel stimuli, as the real thing. This leaves us floundering in a world of Angry Birds, live tweeting, and fleeting, click-through distractions. Leslie shows how these distractions have led to a decline in deep, sustained quests for knowledge and understanding—what he calls epistemic curiosity—which relies on effort and persistence, and empathic curiosity, which leads us to wonder about the thoughts and feelings of others. Drawing on fascinating research from psychology, sociology, and business, Curious looks at what feeds true 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. Filled with inspiring stories, case studies and practical advice, Curious charts a path to a more fulfilling, meaningful—and useful—life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A beautiful and important exploration of the need to nurture, develop, and explore our curiosity even when we’ve long left our childhood behind. Ian Leslie reminds us of those essential life lessons that we tend to forget in our quest to be busy and productive: that sometimes, it’s ok to waste time; and often, the most productive mind ends up being the mind most open to indulging its most childish impulses.” Maria Konnikova, New York Times bestselling author of Mastermind: How to Think like Sherlock Holmes
“If you weren’t the curious sort, you’d likely never even crack this book. But then you’d be missing out on a world of interesting science exploring just why humans find the urge to learn and know so utterly irresistible.” The Scientist
“With heavy implications for the future of education, the author makes a strong case for a more inquiry-based approach. Highly recommended for educators of all kinds. Leslie reaches to the true heart of education—turning students into twenty-first-century learners by bringing back that curiosity.” Library Journal
“A searching examination of information technology’s impact on the innovative potential of our culture.” Kirkus Reviews
“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 Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age
“I would never have guessed that so slim a volume could so richly pique my curiosity about curiosity. 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.” David Dobbs, feature writer for National Geographic, Atlantic, Slate, and other major publications
“Curiosity—that elusive, mysterious state—seems always to slide away when writers attempt to dissect it. Ian Leslie not only offers a compelling analysis of how curiosity works, he tells us how to prompt it in our children, our employees, and ourselves. Both fascinating and eminently practical, Curious is a book to be relished.” Daniel Willingham, author of Why Don’t Students Like School

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Author

Author Bio: Ian Leslie

Author Bio: Ian Leslie

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

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Psychology
Runtime: 7.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English