James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy.

James Cameron spoke about curiosity and creativity during this TED presentation in 2010. In addition to Avatar, Aliens, Titanic, and The Terminator--just to name a few--Cameron described his work on a series of underwater documentaries. If Cameron's portfolio on imdb.com is any indication, his imagination is long from exhausted.

How to "poke and pry with a purpose.*"

  • Which subject stimulates your curiosity?
    About which subject would you like to know more?
  • What activities challenge your intellect?
    How can you advance your knowledge of this subject?
  • How well do you understand the new knowledge?
    How much have you pondered the newly acquired knowledge?
  • Does new knowledge prompt you to ask more questions?
    Which questions remain unanswered?
  • How do you foster your creative thinking?
  • When do you find time to pursue these interests?
  • How do you unite your intellect with your creativity?

* Zora Neale Hurston

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TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.