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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.

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Butterfly Fly Again!

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about 1 year ago

Your universe crashes. The world you had constructed in your mind falls like a tower collapsing into the dust of fallen dreams.  Like thunder in the heart, everything seems like it's capitulated - nothing makes sense in your life any more. A crisis? When an unexpected stressful event happens ...

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The Venutian Dinosaur Fallacy

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about 1 year ago

This post originally appeared on the Newton blog on RealClearScience. Read the original here. Venus has always captured the attention of humanity. Of all the objects that adorn our night sky, it's the brightest, excluding the Moon. Peering through his telescope in the early 17th century ...

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Treating ADHD, Naturally

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about 1 year ago

A study conducted by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention revealed that in 2011, 6.4 million children within the ages of 4-17 had been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives. More often than not, doctors prescribe psychotropic drugs, such as Ritalin or Adderall, to combat the ...

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Smarter Than Your Average Wear

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about 1 year ago

Technological advances have reformed the landscape of the fashion industry; it was only a decade ago that luxury brands refused to sell their products online.  Yet in the past ten years, the rapid rise of the internet caused a retail revolution, led by visionaries like Natalie Massenet at Net-a ...

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We Don't Sleep Like We Used To

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over 1 year ago

This post originally appeared in RealClearScience's Newton blog. You can read the original here Ah, sleep: life's natural, blessed repose from the ardors of arousal. As a physiological necessity, we desire and crave it. Yet for so many Americans, sleep's caressing graces are unattainable ...