“Curiosity is a muscle”

“Curiosity is a muscle, use it or lose it!

It’s something that we consciously have to nurture in ourselves, in our families, in classrooms, at work. Sometimes I hear that curiosity and creativity are killed by too many facts, but actually the opposite is true. The more you know, the more you want to know. Not only that but the more you know, the more connections you can make between the different bits of knowledge that you have in your head and therefore the more ideas you have, which is why curiosity is really the wellspring of creativity.

Technology is replacing routine work and that’s what technology replaces first and has done throughout history. So intellectually curious people, people who are capable of learning throughout their career, of asking questions — good questions — of adapting and collaborating with others from different disciplines, people who are capable of really thriving in this world of non -routine work, in other words, are the people who are going to do better.”

(transcript from this pdf)

This is one of the winners of this year’s RSA Student Design Awards. It’s part of a talk by Ian Leslie about his book “Curiosity: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It.”

You can watch Ian Leslie’s longer RSA talk on YouTube.


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