What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

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.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close

Daylight Atheism Posts

Freethought in the light of the sun

Daylight Atheism

Loose Marbles II

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

The World Trade Center The second part of this series deals with claims made in Loose Change about the collapse of the World Trade Center. Unlike the Pentagon, there is video evidence explicitly showing the two planes crashing into the Twin Towers, and so LC does not deny this (although other ...

Daylight Atheism

Physician, Heal Thyself

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

I mentioned in an earlier post that I recently came across Freethought Radio, the Freedom from Religion Foundation's new weekly radio show, which I highly recommend. The very first episode, which I was listening to the other day, made me aware of a shocking violation of the separation of church ...

Daylight Atheism

The Quiet Revolution Continues

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

Unlike most religions, atheism has no single founder or point of origin. Becoming an atheist is not a matter of joining an existing establishment or swearing allegiance to a creed, but rather of waking up to a simple realization about how the world works. If religions grow like moss, a uniform ...

Daylight Atheism

Remodeling

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

I've made some changes in the site code: The SecureImage plugin, which generated those annoying verification code images, is no more. (I'm confident this will be among the more popular changes.) I'm not planning to replace it any time soon, but we'll see how things go. Hopefully, this change ...

Daylight Atheism

The 12th Carnival of the Liberals

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

Welcome, one and all, to the 12th Carnival of the Liberals! Today we have a selection of some of the best liberal and progressive writing on the Internet for your reading pleasure and consideration. My name is Ebonmuse, and I'll be your host for this edition. My weblog is called ...

Daylight Atheism

Book Review: Breaking the Spell

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

Daniel Dennett has written about free will, consciousness, the mind, evolution, and natural selection. In his latest book, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, he turns his attention to a new topic, the origin and role of religion in the human species. Although Dennett is avowedly ...

Daylight Atheism

Science is a Way of Knowing

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

A common accusation leveled against science by its enemies is that it is too closed-minded, too dogmatic, too authoritarian. From creationists to "alternative medicine" advocates to New Agers, the defenders of pseudoscience argue that science is closed to new ideas, set in its ways, unwilling to ...

Daylight Atheism

Theocracy Watch III: Education Edition

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

Never satisfied with compromise, never willing to accept anything less than complete dominion, the forces of theocracy are again on the attack against the constitutional guarantees that have made the United States of America what it is. In particular, there has lately been a rash of cases targeting ...

Daylight Atheism

The 29th Philosophers' Carnival

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

The great Library at Daylight Atheism has been outfitted for an auspicious occasion. Merry bunting drapes the tall shelves of books, balloons congregate near the ceiling, and waiters quietly circulate bearing trays of drinks. Already the symposium is in full swing, and philosophers from every era ...

Daylight Atheism

Book Review: The Republican War on Science

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

Once the party of small government and fiscal conservativism, America's Republican party has in the past few decades been hijacked by an unlikely coalition of religious extremists and big-business interests. This coalition has risen to power by cynically exploiting people's fears, courting the ...