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Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Codex v. Vizplex

over 5 years ago

No, I'm not promoting a fight between two futuristic boxers. I'm talking about the publishing industry and how Sunday afternoons of the future will be spent. Will Gutenberg's printing press go the way of the telegraph, or is Kindle the New Coke of publishing? In one corner is Codex, the traditional ...

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So Who Gets the Keys to Neverland?

over 5 years ago

Considering how much attention the media pays to celebrities when they're alive, it seems inevitable that the death of Michael Jackson will set a new precedent in wrangling over a legendary entertainer's spoils. In an age when pop stars come and go like mattress sales, Jackson was the immutable ...

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Iran's Presidential Elections, Round One

over 5 years ago

Campaigning has officially stopped one day before Iran's presidential election. Voters will go to the polls tomorrow to choose from four official candidates who are (deep breath)... Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the incumbent and dark horse of the 2005 election; Mir-Hossein Mousavi, an independent ...

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Will The Vultures Reign In The E.U. Elections?

over 5 years ago

In the run-up to the European Union's Parliamentary elections next week, ideology has taken a backseat to a general grumbling for political change. Unfortunately, this grumbling is unlikely to be backed by actual votes. The parties that control Europe's 27 different national governments are ...

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Sport and Socialism, A Winning Combination

over 5 years ago

Soccer is much derided for its violent fans and general mayhem, but as Barcelona celebrated its victory over Manchester United in the European League Championship last night the atmosphere here in the Catalan capital demonstrated the strength of the communitarian approach to playing sports ...

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What's Worse, the Environment or the Economy?

almost 6 years ago

As the Obama administration confronts the duel threats of global finance and global warming, America's European allies are addressing the two issues with renewed vigor. The new American president favors the trading of pollution credits between companies to reduce overall CO2 emissions. The EU has ...