What makes you curious?
Answered by Tiffany Shlain, Dr. Michio Kaku and 125 others
  • Tiffany Shlain

    Tiffany Shlain

  • Dr. Michio Kaku

    Dr. Michio Kaku

  • Dr. Astro Teller

    Dr. Astro Teller

  • Elie Wiesel

    Elie Wiesel

  • Robert B. Gagosian

    Robert B. Gagosian

  • Jill Tarter

    Jill Tarter

  • Dr. Dean Ornish

    Dr. Dean Ornish

  • Andrew Weil M.D.

    Andrew Weil M.D.

  • Deepak Chopra MD

    Deepak Chopra MD

  • Dr. Mehmet Oz

    Dr. Mehmet Oz

  • Dean Kamen

    Dean Kamen

  • Michael Dell

    Michael Dell

  • William Joyce

    William Joyce

  • Sir Richard Branson

    Sir Richard Branson

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    C. Richard Allen

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    Charles Yang

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    John Hendricks

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    John Sculley

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    Dr. John Hamre

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    Stephen Tobolowsky

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    John Maeda

  • Hugh Panero

    Hugh Panero

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    Aubrey de Grey

  • Bill and Nicolette Hahn Niman

    Bill and Nicolette Hahn Niman

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    Craig Mundie

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    Ralph Osterhout

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    Ted Leonsis

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    Alexander Tsiaras

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    Jeffrey Koseff

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    Jack Leslie

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    Kyle MacDonald

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    David M. Schwarz

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    Richard Saul Wurman

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    Michael A. Keller

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    Tom Rosenstiel

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    Jean Oelwang

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    Eric Dishman

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    Pradeep Dubey

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    Daniel Dubno

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    Gaspar Mora

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    Yossi Vardi

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    Jennifer Healey

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    Lama Nachman

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    Jaron Lanier

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    W. Daniel Hillis

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    John Seely Brown

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    Hilda Huang

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    Ling Liao

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    Madoo Varma

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    Mario Paniccia

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    Dr. Calvin O. Butts III

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    Helen Marie Mahoney OBGYN

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    Annabelle Pratt

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    Timothy E. Wirth

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    Beppe Raffa

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    Tom Colicchio

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    Jason Howard

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    Wayne Pacelle

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    Eric Mantion

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    John L. Hennessy

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    Nina Tandon

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    Waleed Abdalati

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    Vida Ilderem

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    Jim St. Leger

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    John Healy

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    Lori Matassa

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    Mic Bowman

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    Anya Kamenetz

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    James L. Green

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    Michael Weber

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    Peter H. Diamandis

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    Brenda Way

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    Paul Saffo

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    Caterina Fake

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    Alan Kay

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    David Kelley

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    Julie Packard

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    Charlie Trotter

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    Bill Moggridge

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    Lee Rainie

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    Jake Shimabukuro

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    Bran Ferren

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    Wayne Clough

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    Michael Massimino

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    Michael Hawley

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    Christopher J. Ferguson

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    Mikhail Shapiro

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    Rob Wrubel

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    Thomas Keller

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    Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick

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    Jose Andres

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    iO Tillett Wright

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    Daniel Pauly

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    Sheila C. Johnson

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    David Chang

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    Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio

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    Benjamin and Rosamund Zander

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    Professor Joseph M. DeSimone

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    Yoav Medan PhD

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    Patrick O'Connell

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    Paul Schmitz

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    Alexa Meade

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    Philip Rosedale

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    David Agus MD

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    Anthony Atala MD

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    Alice Waters

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    Jay Walker

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    John Perry Barlow

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    David Harvey

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    Marissa Mayer

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    Steve Case

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    Leonard Kleinrock

  • Larry Stone

    Larry Stone

  • Michael Tilson Thomas

    Michael Tilson Thomas

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    Nicholas Negroponte

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    Charles F. Bolden Jr.

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    Joi Ito

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    Hal Harvey

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    Brewster Kahle

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    Juan Enriquez

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    Dr. Gerard van Belle

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    Tracy Wilson

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    Vanessa Woods

  • Jennifer Oullette on behalf of Discovery Retreats

    Jennifer Oullette on behalf of Discovery Retreats

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    Bernadette Lucas

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    Katherine Neer

  • Sandy Smolan

    Sandy Smolan

  1. Tiffany Shlain Filmmaker & Founder, The Webby Awards


    I'm always curious about how technology has changed the way that we behave, changed the way that we evolve and changed the way that we think. In a lot of ways, Twitter and Facebook expose me to being curious about things I might not have interfaced with. And I heard this great thing recently, that with every big breakthrough, somebody didn't say "Eureka." They said, "Isn't that interesting," which is really curiosity.

    I think a lot of us feel like we're changing so much with all these tools and technologies. But I also find it really interesting the way my children look at things. It reminds me that we don't really have memories from earlier than 8 years old. My father used to say that when you have children you get to relive that curiosity through them. So I find being a parent very interesting, and I'm very curious about every stage in life. I mean, I just lost a parent so I'm very curious about death and life, and the short time we have on the planet. And usually you are wisest when you die.

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  2. Dr. Michio Kaku Theoretical Physicist and Author


    I've often wondered, "Where did it all come from?" At night, when you look at the stars, you say to yourself, "Wow, the universe is incredible. But where did it come from?" I first bumped up against this when I was a child.

    A lot of people remember the instant when Princess Diana died. For me, it was the instant when I heard that Albert Einstein had just died. Everyone was talking about it. It was front-page news and they still carried a picture of his desk with a caption, "Unsolved manuscript of the greatest scientist of our age." I said to myself, "Why couldn't he finish it? What was so hard that he couldn't finish this problem? Why couldn't he ask his mother? It was just a homework assignment, right?" Wrong.

    Years later, I found out it was to be the theory of everything. An equation one inch long that would allow us to "read the mind of God." I said to myself, "That's for me."


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  3. Dr. Astro Teller Director of New Projects, Google


    What makes me curious is the very fact that I don't know things.  While that comment sounds self-referential, it’s more about my desire to learn and the stimulation and satisfaction that ensues.  Curiosity is my prime mover and motivation, as opposed to the result of my observations of what happens to me. I don't need love or money in order to be curious. Curiosity is what drives me to participate more fully in my personal and my business life.

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  4. Elie Wiesel Nobel Peace Laureate, Boston University Professor


    First of all, who I am I still don't know. But surely, what it is in the other that makes the other either a friend or an enemy?

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  5. Robert B. Gagosian President & CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership


    I get the biggest kick out of learning things. For instance, we moved to Washington three years ago and growing up in Massachusetts, I didn't know anything about the Civil War, so I got curious about it -- and the more I learned, the more interested I got in it.

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  6. Jill Tarter Director, Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute


    Oh, I'm curious about a lot of things, but I'm particularly curious about one question: Are we alone in the universe? Because I happen to live in the first generation of humans, after all the millennia of people asking the priests, the philosophers, the sages, "What should we believe about whether there's anyone else out there?" And what we got back was somebody else's belief system. But I'm alive at the first time in history where we can try and do an experiment to answer this question. It's a perfectly valid question to pose of the universe, and for the first time we can do a scientific exploration. So I'm curious to know what the answer is.

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  7. Dr. Dean Ornish Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute


    I don't know what makes me curious. I'm curious because the antithesis is being bored, and I think being curious is a lot more fun. I'm always interested in understanding, really, the underlying cause of what causes things to happen. If there's anything that really ties all of my work together, it's that very simple question that I'm curious about, which is, "What is the cause?" There's usually a chain of causation: what causes this and that, and what's behind that, and what's behind that? Then, the questions get very interesting. If we don't treat the underlying cause of a problem -- any problem, whether it's a medical problem or a social or a health policy issue -- then the same problem tends to come back again.

    Sometimes when I lecture, I'll show a slide of doctors busily mopping up the floor around a sink that's overflowing, but no one's turning off the faucet. That's how I got interested in doing this work -- when I was learning how to do bypass surgery with Michael DeBakey, the heart surgeon. We'd cut people open. We'd bypass their blocked arteries. You'd tell them they were cured. They'd go home and do the same things that caused the problem in the first place. They'd eat junk food and not manage stress. They'd smoke, not exercise and so on, and so more often than not, the bypasses would clog up again, and we'd just cut them open and bypass the bypass -- sometimes multiple times.

    For me, that became a metaphor of an incomplete approach. If we can treat the cause, then what we're finding in our research is that our bodies have a remarkable capacity, in many cases, to begin healing themselves -- and much more quickly than we had once realized. And so we can use these very expensive, high-tech, state-of-the-art measures to prove how powerful and how dynamic these simple and low-tech and low-cost interventions can be.

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  8. Andrew Weil M.D. Best-Selling Author, Speaker & Integrative Medicine Thought-Leader


    I think it is being attracted to something in your experience that really captures your attention and invites explanation.

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