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Radical ideas from serious thinkers

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#20: Doctors Are Bad for Your Health

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almost 3 years ago

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 the third leading cause of mortality in the United States, resulting in the loss of 225 ...

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A Robot Bill of Rights?

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over 3 years ago

"Guns don't kill people, people kill people." - NRA slogan Whether or not you agree with the NRA's argument against gun control, it is worth noting that it relies on a common-sense legal principle that the tools of mankind's creation do not perpetrate crimes. After all, objects such as guns hold ...

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Big Think Readers' Most Dangerous Ideas

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almost 4 years ago

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 or that perhaps seemed too dangerous to put into print—and the results are in! Of the ...

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Tell Us What "Dangerous Ideas" You Like

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almost 4 years ago

With yesterday's blog post—our 30th dangerous idea—on taxing fat people (to incentivize the obese to lose weight and save the public-health system money), Big Think officially ends The Month of Thinking Dangerously.  The purpose of the month was to stimulate discussion about 30 radical ideas that ...

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#26: Disband NATO

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almost 4 years ago

It's been over 20 years since the Berlin Wall fell, yet the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO), a military group which was originally created to defend Western Europe from Russia, continues to exist, with 28 member states pledged to collectively defend one another in the face of outside ...