It's OK to be Clueless AIF 2017

Learn something. Learning is one of those few things that has intrinsic, ultimate value.

Susan Orlean Writer, The New Yorker; Author
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It’s OK to Be Clueless: Embracing What You Don’t Know to Expand What You Do

It's OK to be Clueless AIF 2017

It’s OK to Be Clueless: Embracing What You Don’t Know to Expand What You Do

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New York Times best-selling author Susan Orlean says ignorance about a subject is a powerful ignitor of curiosity. As someone who has written about bullfighters, orchid fanatics, and an African king who drives a taxi in New York City, she knows a thing or two about delving into far-flung topics. How can we learn to take in the world as an enthusiast and as a curious person? It’s especially important for writers, she says, but it’s more a state of mind than a professional tool. And in this heightened state of other, approaching people unlike ourselves with curiosity rather than judgement could serve us well in getting along and finding commonalities. Orlean joins radio host and “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” veteran Pete Dominick for a lively conversation about curiosity, creativity, Orlean’s work, and the importance of exercising the muscle of inquiry.

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