All Dangerous Ideas Articles

Radical ideas from serious thinkers

  • #20: Doctors Are Bad for Your Health

    You may want to think twice before your next visit to the doctor's office. According to Dr. Barbara Starfield's now-famous study, iatrogenic deaths (those resulting from treatment by physicians or surgeons) are...

  • #32: Implant Memory Chips in Our Brains

    Dr. Gary Marcus, a psychology professor at New York University, says we should develop a "Google-like" chip that could be implanted in our brains to enhance human memory.

  • A Robot Bill of Rights?

    As the pace of technology advances and machines begin to more closely resemble humans, should robots be granted legal rights? Some countries are already laying the groundwork.

  • #33: Make the U.S. Presidency a Single, 6-Year Term

    Re-election campaigns distract U.S. presidents from their executive duties. Should we eliminate them in favor of longer terms?

  • Big Think Readers' Most Dangerous Ideas

    August may be behind us, but that doesn't mean we've stopped thinking dangerously here at Big Think. At the end of last month, we asked readers to submit their own dangerous ideas—ideas that we may have overlooked...

  • #31: Allow Pro Athletes to Use Steroids

    Dr. Norman Frost of the University of Wisconsin at Madison tells Big Think "drug-testing policies in professional sports are completely illogical."

  • Tell Us What "Dangerous Ideas" You Like

    Now that August, Big Think's month of thinking dangerously, is over, we'd like you to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to 10 of the radical ideas we presented.

  • #30: Tax Fat People

    If Americans were paid to eat less and exercise more they might be motivated to lose some weight—and save us a bundle on health care—says Dr. Barry M. Popkin, director of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's...

  • #29: Let Elephants and Lions Roam the Great Plains

    We are currently in the midst of earth's "sixth great extinction." For the past 10,000 years, existing species have been dying out faster than new species have been evolving, say scientists. Big Think expert and...

  • #28: Create New Life Forms

    What do God, Dr. Frankenstein, and Lady Gaga have in common? They are all names that geneticist-cum-media-sensation Craig Venter has been called since announcing in May that he had created the first synthetic life...