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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 explore the biggest ideas in their fields

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Let's Stop Blaming Students

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11 months ago

I don’t think U.S. students are lazy.  It’s just a different era.  When Sputnik went off, October 4, 1957, people in the United States, I won’t say went crazy, but focused on developing science and engineering curricula for schools.  It became a big deal.  I’m there in my elementary school when a ...

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The Reinvention of Pharma

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11 months ago

No Industry is perfect and neither is the pharmaceutical industry.  And no individual company is perfect.  There have been examples of hyper-marketing in our industry.  There are fewer and fewer of those as we go in to the future for two major reasons.  Number one, the industry is becoming very ...

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Technology Doesn't Work Without Poetry

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11 months ago

Change has always been with us, but the rate of change is changing.  It’s no longer evolution, it’s revolutionary.  The trajectory is changing, and the momentum is accelerating.  It’s acceleration and trajectory change all at once.  And three dimensionally.   But you really have to recognize ...

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In Life, Ride the Path, Not the Jumps

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11 months ago

The first thing I’ve learned about leading an extraordinary life is you don’t ride the jumps in your path, you ride the path itself.   So if you’re an equestrian and you’re trying to learn to jump you horse over little cross rails, you’re coach will tell you, “Don’t look down at the jump.  Don’t ...

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A Look Inside Your Pregnant Brain

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11 months ago

When you’re pregnant, it’s not just our belly getting bigger and your butt getting bigger and your feet getting bigger, just everything getting bigger.  There’s more going on.  Your brain is also going through some changes.  In fact, Pelion Kim, who is a researcher, found that there is actually ...