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Curious

Audiobook
Nonfiction: Psychology / Business / Self-improvement
Unabridged   7.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/23/2014

Curious

The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622315062
Digital Download ISBN:9781622315079

Summary

Are you curious or just distracted? In Curious, Ian Leslie argues that curiosity is more important than ever for individual and societal success, yet increasingly difficult to harness in our wired world.

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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.

Author Bio

IAN LESLIE writes on psychology, social trends, and politics for a variety of publications in the UK and US, including Slate, The Economist, NPR, Bloomberg.com, The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Times, and Granta. He has given talks at the RSA, Harvard Business School, and the London School of Economics.

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