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November 01, 2011

Curiouser and Curiouser

Curious bobcat kitten
Christine Jensen/The HSUS
A bobcat at the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center.

A new TV show on the Discovery Channel called “Curiosity” features hosts such as Stephen Hawking and Morgan Freeman exploring what the program calls “the most fundamental questions facing the world today” about science, technology, and society.

On the show’s website, you’ll find a diverse collection of questions answered by about 50 global leaders in the fields of science, health, technology, business, academia, the arts, communications, and advocacy, including Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel and Dr. Andrew Weil. I was selected as a thought leader in the realm of animal protection.

The interviewer asked me about tactics, the biggest issues of the day, how social media is shaping our movement, and a wide variety of other topics. My answers were featured on the home page of the site last week, and they’ll live on the site indefinitely.

One of the most basic questions we discussed was “What is curiosity?” You can watch my response to this and other questions here:

Curiosity is really being open-minded about the world and not thinking that we've come to the end of knowledge. Exploring new ideas, new thoughts, new places. And it's part of the progress of a society. You can't have progress without curiosity.

I hope you enjoy watching my replies. And let me know if you think my responses were on point, or if I missed a key element in responding to these probing questions.

P.S. You can take a look here or tune in for the next episode of the show this Sunday, Nov. 6, at 9 p.m. on the Discovery Channel.

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