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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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Experts' Corner

This Is Your Brain During Orgasm

Brainscan
almost 3 years ago

If you ever want to make even the most cosmopolitan of your friends speechless, telling them you have volunteered to travel to Newark, New Jersey, so you can masturbate to orgasm in an fMRI is a great way to start.  Once they overcome the shock, chances are they will start to ask questions. Most I was able to answer.

Experts' Corner

Leadership - Lost and Found

Obama
almost 3 years ago

President Obama has been chided – and even derided – for his lack of leadership over the past year. Indeed, the man who was elected on fervent hope and sweeping change in the midst of the worst financial collapse since the Great Depression, was being compared to hapless Jimmy Carter, rather than ...

Experts' Corner

Is Your Child Really Happy on Facebook?

Facebook
almost 3 years ago

I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a young teen who uses social networks as the primary way of connecting to peers. It used to be that the vast majority of interactions and friendship forming took place in the real world – at and after school; on the weekends, at parties and the movies ...

Experts' Corner

The Devil's Highway: Truth and Consequences Across the Borderline

Border
almost 3 years ago

The issue of illegal immigration is heating up again as November's presidential decision looms. A fresh wave of political rhetoric along both sides of the aisle -- mostly disingenuous assertions calculated to woo a perceived, as-yet-undedicated pool of potential new voters -- is picking up pace, left and right. All that speechifying will further ratchet up racial tensions. Over-the-top cartel bloodletting along both sides of the border is just more fuel sprayed on that crazy fire.

 

Experts' Corner

Penn State, Joe Paterno, and Millenials: Are We Stuck on Tolerance?

Pennstatefootball
almost 3 years ago

As a former Penn State faculty member, I am overwhelmed and outraged by the stories we are hearing out of Happy Valley.  My colleagues across the country continue to ask me why so many students have rallied in support of Coach Paterno, despite revelations that clearly suggest merely following the letter of a reporting policy is insufficient in a case alleged to be this egregious.  Are Millennials – at least the thousands chanting, “We want Joe” – missing a sensitivity chip?