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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.

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Experts explore the biggest ideas in their fields

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We're Raising Kids with No Grit

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about 1 year ago

We’re really worried about our kid’s capacity to compete in the world, in the global economy.  That’s on everybody’s mind.  Recently I was on a panel with one of the head engineers at NASA.  He hires a tremendous number of engineers.  He's from India and I asked him "Are we really falling behind ...

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It's Good to be a Conference Crasher

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about 1 year ago

Most people follow a basic routine throughout the day and throughout the week.  They get up in the morning.  They have their workplace.  They interact with various people at work, and then of course, have family and friends in the evenings and on weekends.  That's great, but you can actually enrich ...

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You CAN Predict the Future, and You Must

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about 1 year ago

When I do mentoring and early stage investing, one obvious thing I look for is that people incorporate a model of the future into their business plans.  All too often we get plans which have this common assumption that the future’s going to be just like today.  Yes, we’ve had a lot of change up ...

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What I Want to Learn About the Universe

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about 1 year ago

Something I’ve recently been working on is the large scale structure of the universe.  We’ve done what I think is generally regarded as the best simulation so far of the very large scale structure of the universe.  We’re calling them the Bolshoi Simulations, from the Russian word for grand ...

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On Writing: Henry Miller Made Me Do It

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over 1 year ago

I became a writer after I read Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller when I was 22. I couldn’t believe somebody wrote that book.  I couldn’t believe somebody said what he said and lived how he lived and wrote this book.  I was just blown away by it.   And after I had finished it, I said to myself ...

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Love Bonobos for What They Are

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over 1 year ago

There are several groups of people who are turned off by Bonobos.  The anthropologists don’t like Bonobos because they’re too peaceful.  So they have set up these evolutionary scenarios of humans advancing by wiping out other groups and humans being aggressive and warrior-like and vanquishing ...