She hardly needs my sympathy, but I feel sad for Marissa Mayer. It seems so unfair that the two most amazing things that may ever happen to her (having a baby and becoming CEO of Yahoo) have to occur simultaneously. From where I stand, she has few alternatives though. Since my children were born ...
While private enterprise is not going to take us back to the Moon or to Mars, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says there is still a role for these companies to play.
Scientists have a lot of influence over how we live our lives. This is mostly a good thing - and will help us weed out the snake oil from the spinach - but only a terribly naive optimist could think the “Mozart Effect” won’t strike again.
What's the Big Idea? Big Think co-founder Peter Hopkins is fond of thinking against the grain, and when it comes to the current debate over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Hopkins's thinking is true to form. According to Hopkins, while SOPA has been "vilified and grossly mischaracterized ...
One of the most prominent scientists to express doubts about climate change scenarios in the future is the physicist Freeman Dyson, who responds to critics in two videos on Big Think.
People without a conscience don’t need to satisfy the drive to bond and can focus entirely on the drive to acquire, making them more likely to seek leadership positions.
Well the question becomes you know, do these people without conscience, let’s call them PWOC’s is a rather shorthand way for that. Talking about them getting into leadership positions and they probably get into them out of all proportion to a percentage often population, we estimate they maybe 2% to 4% of the population are such people. And we think they get into the leadership positions maybe 8% or 10% of the time, but you know, any percent is a mess because they can wreak havoc in exploiting other people. They probably get there more than others because it’s the only thing they’re looking for in life. You know we got normal people ha
While cell phones offer liberating possibilities for the world, they also threaten personal privacy. Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan Zittrain takes this Devil's Advocate position.
Despite its significant downsides, nuclear energy is still absolutely vital for America's (and the planet's) future. This will become all the more true when cleaner fourth generation reactors become available.
Will we gain our immortality as algorithms in the global human brain? The idea of the coming Singularity does sound nutty when it is stated so blatantly, argues Silicon Valley visionary Jaron Lanier.