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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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Against the New Taboo Posts

A Critical Look at the Ideas We Fear Most

Against the New Taboo

When Good Values Are Bad For Us

about 2 years ago

We have a tendency to fetishize moral virtues: respect, tolerance, love, etc., are generally regarded as good things. It is good to respect and be respected, it is good to tolerate and be tolerated, and so on. However, being human, we have tendency to mistake tools for walls. Thus, when you respect ...

Against the New Taboo

“That’s Not Very Liberal!”

about 2 years ago

Some months ago, I ended up discussing the death penalty with some friends. I uttered what I thought was a fairly uncontroversial statement – especially among this group of smarter, scientifically-inclined, liberals: Scientific evidence should be the basis of policies and we should be willing to ...

Against the New Taboo

Creating Better Villains: Part 1

about 2 years ago

In this two-part piece, we will examine the portrayal of villains in creative mediums, like novels and comics, and why they are severely lacking; I will also argue why it's necessary to create better villains. The large, eerie fortress; the lightning strikes occasionally illuminating his usually ...

Against the New Taboo

Fighting Obscene Speech

about 2 years ago

He called her crusade an “obscenity”. “She has become a symbol of Western culture,” he said. “She was openly propagating it.” So “obscene” is her crusade he reiterated that his group would try again to stamp her out, to silence her, to end her campaign forever. “Let this be a lesson.” To her ...

Against the New Taboo

Let's Get Rid of 'Nature'

about 2 years ago

I want to put an end to this argument, since I’m seeing it frequently touted and pointed to and nodded at like a mantra. Phrase it however you want: “it’s natural”, “it’s a biological urge”, or the corollary, “it’s unnatural”, “not even animals do it”, etc. There are variations - but the essential ...