Events / Curious Minds: Book talk with authors Dani Bassett and Perry Zurn

Curious Minds: Book talk with authors Dani Bassett and Perry Zurn

November 3, 2022
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Room 250, Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics (PCPSE), 133 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Join Dani Bassett (Penn Engineering) and Perry Zurn (American University) for a discussion of their new book, available from MIT Press.


Dani S. Bassett and Perry Zurn (Photo: Tony & Tracy Wood Photography)


In Curious Minds: The Power of Connection, the twins draw on their previous research, as well as an expansive network of ideas from philosophy, history, education and art. They identify three styles of curiosity: the busybody, who collects stories, creating loose knowledge networks; the hunter, who hunts down secrets or discoveries, creating tight networks; and the dancer, who takes leaps of creative imagination, creating loopy ones. Investigating what happens in a curious brain, they offer an accessible account of the network neuroscience of curiosity. And they sketch out a new kind of curiosity-centric and inclusive education that embraces everyone’s curiosity. The book performs the very curiosity that it describes, inviting readers to participate—to be curious with the book and not simply about it.


Registration is required for this event – click here to register!


A reception will follow the talk.