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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.

©2014 Ian Leslie. Recorded by arrangement with Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Book Group. (P)2014 HighBridge Company

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  • Dmitriy
  • Paramus, NJ United States
  • 12-19-14

Fantastic book with a very modest title

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book opens up interesting aspects of human brain design that we may not necessary aware of. Old fashion teaching style I didn't understand when I grew up and mistakes that I did as a parent by not knowing what is really going on in my children's brain.
This book is a gem for all people but I think it's indispensable for parents and a must read for teens, young adults, and "adults" (18 - 22 years old). This book helps me to make right choices for myself as well as both my children.

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I love this book's scientific approach. There are so much hype and super hype in this world that it's very difficult to separate real from noise. This book does it in a very unique and non-invasive way. I especially liked the way information about Indian teacher and his experiments with computer in remote villages and eye opening story about a gifted chess player from NYC. The fact that these stories where first presented as discoveries and only than revised with factual analysis was a well prepared trap which I did got into. Thank you for the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. I don't think you should listen this book in one sitting. There is too much extra ordinary carefully selected and combined together information that you WANT to digest overnight. You don't want to read or listen to this book in one sitting.

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  • Gary
  • Las Cruces, NM, United States
  • 10-09-14

Curousity kills cat, satisfaction brings him back

It's our curiosity that drives us. Our curiosity is the best refutation to the Myth of Sisyphus and to what is the purpose of life. Our curiosity makes us different from all other animals and it keeps us engaged. Sometimes our purpose in life can be as mundane as the conclusion to your favorite comic book serial or as complex as to knowing if the discovery of the Higgs boson implies that the multiverse is real? We just have to know the answer or to better understand the question.

This book steps the listener through all of the steps needed for understanding about curiosity. Puzzles are questions with answers and they are the stepping stones to mysterious which sometimes lack answers to things which may not be knowable. Knowledge must first have a foundation from which to build from. The harder it takes to learn something the more likely that knowledge will last. The more you know the easier it is to acquire more and put the pieces together for wisdom.

From the knowledge we build on, we learn to synthesize and become creative. Sherlock Holmes was exactly wrong when he used to say his mind was like a filing cabinet and he didn't want to store it with too much useless information. It's that useless information that we have that gives us more connections and which can make us creative.

The book is an enjoyable listen. It helps the listener put the pieces together that we need in order understand why we are curious and leads to even more awe for wanting to know more and ultimately could even lead one to listening to more science books. The author has a coherent system about curiosity and shares it with the listener.

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Great thoughts

Wonderful look at being human - and being engaged with the world. Changed my outlook in a very positive and unexpected way.

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  • ANDRÉ
  • ORLANDO, FL, United States
  • 10-13-14

Good book

Are you curious? Is curiosity really significant in our future and to the future of education? What drives us to be curious? Those are the questions that Ian Leslie tries to answer. Yes, he emphasizes that curiosity is not all, that we need to have the basis, the knowledge, first. But knowledge is linked as feedback loop to curiosity. Yes, we need to be curious to develop expertise. And there are types of curiosity, like novelty seeking (not so good) and a the much beneficial epistemic curiosity. It is a good book, enjoyable, captivating.

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fascinating!

I loved it so much. it's such an interesting view of why knowledge is important

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Despertara y mantedra tu curiosidad

Un muy buen trabajo y bien fundamentado sobre la importancia ser y mantener nuestra curiosidad viva, despues de todo gran parte de nuestro resultado se fundamenta en ello.

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Loved, loved, loved this book!

This book was extraordinary in that the ideas this author shared drew on many interesting sources. I've always been curios & now I understand why a knowledge base is so critical to thinking! This is my favorite book to date! Although I've read a number of books the author referenced, I'm going to buy a hardcopy so I can reread it & extract the titles that he referenced! I highly recommend this excellent book.

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Concepts for Leaders and Parents to Understand

This is not my usual type of reading, pretty boring actually... but as I learned from the book "boring" can be a good thing. The ideas about fostering curiosity in your children/subordinates will be very useful and trying to increase my own curiosity of the world around me has been fun already.

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Great Read.

Enjoy this book the whole way through. Definitely recommend reading it. learned a lot. Thank you Ian Leslie for this great read.

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Phenomenal

Eye opening and revelatory in several levels. If you have children, it's s must read!