Curious by Ian Leslie


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

Genre: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 216

Publication Date: 2014

Summary: This book explores the nature of curiosity – what causes it and how we benefit from it.  Using psychology, it explores how we learn and why we learn.  It looks at the history of curiosity – how it has been banned and celebrated over the years. It also looks at the roles of schools and education in helping our curiosity to flourish.

Recommended: Yes! If you like to learn as much as you can about the world around you, this is the book for you. It is filled with anecdotes and real-world success stories of people being curious.

If You’re Offended: No problems here.

Noteworthy Excerpts: “When people are interested in what they’re reading, they pay closer attention, process the information more efficiently, make more connections between new and existing knowledge, and attend to deeper questions raised by the text rather than merely noting its surface features.”     “Knowledge, even shallow knowledge – knowing a little about a lot – widens your cognitive bandwidth. It means you get more out of a trip to the theater or a museum or from a novel, a poem, or a history book.”