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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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Experts' Corner Posts

Guest posts from thought leaders

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Experts' Corner

Can You Be an Elite Athlete?

12 months ago

This post originally appeared in the Newton blog on RealClearScience. You can read the original here As summer wanes, fall is in the air, and elite athletes are out in force. In Flushing Meadows, New York, hundreds of the best tennis players in the world are plying their trade, dazzling ...

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I Will...Lessons From the Surfer's Code

about 1 year ago

A number of years ago a surfing friend of mine, Glenn Hening, invited a group of kids to a surf contest at my adopted home beach of Rincon, a famous break that straddles the county lines of Santa Barbara and Ventura in Southern California. Glenn is also a teacher and environmentalist, and Rincon was ...

Experts' Corner

Seattle Hempfest: A Weed Wonderland?

about 1 year ago

The city of Seattle buzzed with the sound of joints lighting as hundreds of thousands of pot smokers from all over the nation swarmed the city’s annual Hempfest held along the Elliott Bay waterfront in Myrtle-Edwards Park August 16th through the 18th. The world’s largest annual three-day ...

Experts' Corner

Infinity is Not Real

about 1 year ago

This post originally appeared on the RealClearScience Newton blog. Read the original here Infinity is an invaluable abstract concept in mathematics, physics, and philosophy. Isaac Newton used the abstraction of infinitely small times and distances to formulate the calculus upon which all ...

Experts' Corner

Chris Christie or Rand Paul?

about 1 year ago

This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller. You can read the original here Mathematically, the odds are against either New Jersey Governor Chris Christie or Kentucky Senator Rand Paul becoming president of the United States. Of all the millions of eligible Americans throughout ...

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Turning Idealism into Good Business

about 1 year ago

Sheela Soegaard, CEO at BIG – Photo credit Flemming Leitorp Having the skills, the enthusiasm and the right drive is necessary in order to succeed. But as Bjarke Ingels Group experienced, it takes more than that. Without a good business minded CEO, the company will be closer to bankruptcy than ...