We call it morbid curiosity. In a fascinating and entertaining lecture, astrophysicist and bestselling author Mario Livio surveys and interprets cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience that aims at exploring and understanding the origin and mechanisms of human curiosity. He looks at Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman, two indisputable geniuses. The idea that there's a sweet spot and the sweet spot is where model creation is optimized. What Makes Us Curious, Mario Livio, astrophysicist and author of numerous books, directs his own polymathic curiosity at curiosity.
I added many more of his books to my To Read list. You and your charming ability to make me feel smart about stuff. The woman who, showing little, succeeds in making a man want to see more and has accomplished three quarters of the tasks of making him fall in love with her. Maybe we are wasting time today, but the learning algorithms in our brain know that something we learnt by chance today will come in useful tomorrow. That chimpanzees don't do investigatory work the same way that a child does.
It answers many although not all of our potential questions about curiosity—including what many originally believed killed the cat. Epistemic is the general desire for knowledge, curiosity about everything and anything. Their hallmark was a constant curiosity about everything around them. He talks about how only open societies enable continued curiosity. Basically, he says, it may be that curiosity is the thing that made us finally human he looks at how the brain evolved, growing in size. Both discuss psychological tests designed to tease out the brain functions behind imagination and curiosity, respectively.
In a fascinating and entertaining lecture, astrophysicist and bestselling author Mario Livio surveys and interprets cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience that aims at exploring and understanding the origin and mechanisms of human curiosity. With variations and deeper investigation, these seem to cover the territory. Experiments demonstrate that people are more distracted when they overhear a phone conversation-where they can know only one side of the dialogue-than when they overhear two people talking and know both sides. This 200-page book has around 100 pages of excellent analysis of the research on curiosity, including reviews of many primary experiments in psychology and neuroscience. I would love to have the chance of seeing it. Livio devotes a few chapters to the neuroscience of curiosity and the work of cognitive scientists. I didn't feel that the author really answered the question about what makes us curious because it turns out that it is something that we all are.
However, I didn't feel that I really learned much from it. But at the same time, the really important questions like advances in science and so on cannot be found through digital devices. This is the third book I have read on related themes just in the past couple of months. My 3-star rating of this book includes a caveat that if I had a stronger background in science, it could very well be a 4 or 5 star book. The internet is, of course, fantastic for this and relieves us of that specific type of curiosity quickly, Livio says. They are few, as most of the book is retreading old ground or discussing what essentially amounts to Maslow-style ethnography of a hand-picked cherrypicked group.
How does infovore activity map onto group dynamics in terms of the balance of curiosity and fear? He also talked to people with boundless curiosity: a superstar rock guitarist who is also an astrophysicist; an astronaut with degrees in computer science, biology, literature, and medicine. He retained an unbiased perspective as he delivered the expansive and interesting theories about what curiosity is and why we have it. Even in adulthood we can pick up new ways of doing things and new ways of thinking, allowing us to adapt to new circumstances. In the end two chapters were devoted to asking the question Why Curiosity and an epilogue which nicely summarizes the book. But actually epistemic curiosity, that love of knowledge, appears to be roughly constant across all ages. The results could be positive — or positively terrible -- depending on choices made today.
Why does half a conversation make us more curious than a whole conversation? Very interesting book on one of the most central facets of human behavior and existence. Experiments demonstrate that people are more distracted when they overhear a phone conversation—where they can know only one side of the dialogue—than when they overhear two people talking and know both sides. I enjoyed reading this book Mario Livio looks into why humans are curious and gives examples of many famous people that were know for being curious. Be more interested than afraid. Geniuses, at least the ones he selected, show a particular cluster of traits. These exploratory actions cost them some opportunities, but leave them better off in the long run because they've gain knowledge about what they might do, even if it didn't benefit them immediately. When one gets to the latter portion of the book however, it becomes clearer why this may be so.
Overall interesting read but doesn't have a great explanation or pointers to how to be curious. Livio goes to great lengths to interview notably curious men and women, but after finishing the book, I'm not sure his subjects are more curious than anyone else. He has published more than 400 scientific papers on topics ranging from Dark Energy and cosmology to black holes and extrasolar planets. This book is an intellectual feast for any curious person. As always, he delivers an astounding great read.
And, Chapter 9, was worthwhile as well. Perceptual curiosity, they found, activates brain regions known to be sensitive to unpleasant conditions. Things pick up in the latter half of the book. For example, for a mostly settled hard science, will it attract inherently less people as there's less that's unknown? Some people might be satisfied to wonder what television program is broadcasting, while others are relentlessly and continuously driven to understand the hows and whys of a wide variety of situations including the great questions of humanity: What is Life? I would file this book on the shelf alongside many other non-fiction titles: better as a long read magazine article than as an entire book. I con My 3-star rating of this book includes a caveat that if I had a stronger background in science, it could very well be a 4 or 5 star book. The author included quality research along with fascinating information about what we 'think' we understand about curiosity and, more importantly, the big questions that remain unanswered in this topic. How do we leverage existing curiosity to create maximum learning? An important result is that even the best learning algorithms fall down if they are not encouraged.
You see something that you completely did not expect or is very ambiguous, and you feel somewhat unpleasant about this. Then it throws in a whole bunch of psychology mumbo-jumbo, tops it off with some random inventorish people, and places it before the reader as if that is someway going to explain why you, me, and the average Joe is curious. Mario Livio interviewed scientists in several fields to explore the nature of curiosity. The book picked up for me around chapter 5. And does this mean I now get a publishing contract as well? Start with dinosaurs and then find interesting ways to connect from that to other concepts you would like them to learn, rather than starting from the beginning with something they may not be interested in. This is a spellbinding journey through the latest findings on curiosity in psychology and neuroscience. Reproduction of material from any Independent.