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.
"Fantastic book with a very modest title"
"Table Talk", by Steve Coll; "Steamed", by Ben McGrath; "Out of the Bronx", by Ian Frazier; "Working Titles", by Leslie T. Chang; "Dear Leader", by Wyatt Mason; "Screen Shot", by Sasha Frere-Jones; and "Material Girls", by Anthony Lane.
"2 Fertilizer Powerhouses Plan an All-Stock Merger" is from the September 12, 2016 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Leslie Picker and Ian Austen and narrated by Kristi Burns.