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Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It Paperback – December 1, 2015
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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I have no special talents said Albert Einstein I am only passionately curious Everyone is born curious But only some retain the habits of exploring learning and discovering as they grow older Those who do so tend to be smarter more creative and more successful So why are many of us allowing our curiosity to wane In Curious Ian Leslie makes a passionate case for the cultivation of our desire to know Just when the rewards of curiosity have never been higher it is misunderstood undervalued and increasingly monopolized by a cognitive elite A curiosity divide is opening up This divide is being exacerbated by the way we use the Internet Thanks to smartphones and tools such as Google and Wikipedia we can answer almost any question instantly But does this easy access to information guarantee the growth of curiosity No quite the opposite Leslie argues that true curiosity the sustained quest for understanding that begets insight and innovation is in fact at risk in a wired world Drawing on fascinating research from psychology economics education and business Curious looks at what feeds curiosity and what starves it and finds surprising answers Curiosity isn t as we re encouraged to think a gift that keeps on giving It is a mental muscle that atrophies without regular exercise and a habit that parents schools and workplaces need to nurture Filled with inspiring stories case studies and practical advice Curious will change the way you think about your own mental habits and those of your family friends and colleagues
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Ian Leslie does talk about the dangers to adhere to the instant gratifying ways of our lives which might leave us devoid of the necessary patience to acquire anything of value in our lives.
All and all, the book makes an important point on the importance of mental hard work.
This is a great book that reads easy. I strongly recommend it.
It also talked about the misunderstanding of a lot of concepts.
Google can answer your question even before you type in all the keywords... but is it really good for us?
There are tons of answers in the internet but do you know your questions? Before you know your questions, you need to know what you don't know...
Finding something you know you don't know is just first the first step... find something you don't know you don't know is the next step.
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.....By: Daniel J. Levitin
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Ian Leslie is a marketing and brand communication expert who also does shows for the BBC.Read more