Curious Trends - Intellectual curiosity

27/08/2010

Bibliotherapy - a celebration of books


From early illuminated manuscripts to Taschen’s giant sized designer volumes, books are increasingly viewed a something of a rare curiosity. Perhaps this is down to the emergence of e-books and the browsing of text via digital media, which together with busier times makes reading seem much more of a luxury – a slow lifestyle pastime.

The image focused content of much that appears on the web has caused an upsurge in picture or coffee table books, with large pages and lots of photographs. However, some new books have actually been inspired directly by material originally published on the Internet, such as the BibliOdyssey Book, from the blog of the same name.

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25/07/2010

The curiosity factor

Be curious...

As a naturally curious person, I was one of the first to spot the new trend of curiousness, let’s call it the curiosity factor.

Everyone is born curious, but how we learn has hitherto been largely dictated by our location in the world, our social background, family circumstances and our education. In recent years, however, global access to the Internet has opened up the whole world, together with its huge wealth of information and local knowledge, to people from all walks of life, right across our planet.


In the new age of digital media and mass information, we’re all keen to gather knowledge, sometimes without giving ourselves time to step back and consider our learning in context. In the past, education involved memorizing facts by rote, but the availability of information on just about everything via the Internet has reduced the requirement for this type of mind training. Learning, on the other hand, is a process that combines knowledge with first hand experience – and only happens slowly, building up to an accumulated bank of wisdom and understanding over a period of time.
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