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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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In Their Own Words Posts

Experts explore the biggest ideas in their fields

In Their Own Words

Relish the Chance to Work for Yourself

8 months ago

It is possible to find your passion and if you haven’t found it yet keep looking. And once you find it then you get on a wavelength that will lead you towards success, whatever that success may mean. And when you find an opportunity - I believe that what we’re doing with Lynda.com is a once in a ...

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Why I Don't Fear Machines, Yet

8 months ago

I think machines let us do wonderful things. There will be some things which can be done much better by a machine than by humans.  So you could say they’re bridging the need for humans.  And that’s one of our problems. Will everyone on the Earth have a role that will be taken over by machines ...

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The Value of Predictable Time Off

8 months ago

The idea of creating predictable time off and engaging in this process is not a panacea.  It’s a wonderful way to begin to really unleash a change process that will cause you to continually surface issues and take action to resolve them.  As they like to say at the Boston Consulting Group, it ...

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Is Radical Longevity Desirable?

8 months ago

If we slowed down too much and just lived forever, then the species would simply go extinct. The earth may be warmer or colder and it looks like for most species we have as high a possible mutation as a species can take.  So we’re constantly having to change. And so if people would have a longer ...

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Anyone for Tennis at 80?

8 months ago

I’m amazed at how many of my 80-year-old friends are quite functional.  That would have been something I never would have thought possible when I was 20 years old.  I’m hoping I’m still at my peak as a tennis player.   For my 80th birthday I was given the racket that Roger Federer plays with ...

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How to Stop Your Kids from Fighting

8 months ago

Let's say your child is fighting with a sibling and your older boy is always picking on his younger sister and you go to this boy and you grab him by his shoulder and you say, “you stop bullying her, you stop doing that or I’m going to hit you.”   So the child stops at the moment and then it ...

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Rethinking Love and Commitment

8 months ago

We absolutely need to rethink love and commitment.  60 years ago was when we decided that men had to be monogamous too.  Men were not monogamous.  For all of recorded human history men had concubines and whores and 60 years ago straight relationships began to become more egalitarian and it was less ...

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Punishment Doesn’t Teach Behavior

8 months ago

There’s a huge myth that punishment changes behavior.  As it turns out, punishment - mild, severe, abusive - changes behavior only at the moment it is delivered.  It doesn’t change the overall level or rate of the behavior.  So if you have a child that is doing something horrible and you smack them ...

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Every Problem is an Opportunity

8 months ago

Opportunities come in many different forms.  So, for example, I could get someone to answer a series of questions, like “What’s the worse customer experience you have?”  And could you go through systematically and talk about what was wrong with that customer interaction and ways in which we might ...