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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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Three Pro Tips for the Happiest Vacation Ever

4 months ago

A year ago, friends of ours surprised their young children with a trip to Disney World. As soon as the kids woke up, the parents sprung the news on them, threw their toothbrushes in their already-packed suitcases, and hustled them into a cab. An amazing idea, right? What could be better than a ...


Defining the Nuclear Threat in 2014

5 months ago

Since the end of the Cold War, popular anxiety over the nuclear threat has largely shifted to a fear of terrorism. But prospects of global atomic annihilation did not, sadly, end in the 1980s.  Let's start with a few facts and figures. Total nuclear warheads in the world: ~10,000 Total ...


Four Errors in the Campaign Finance Ruling

5 months ago

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court upended nearly four decades of campaign-finance law, removing “aggregate caps” on how much political donors may contribute to federal campaigns. From now on, millionaires seeking to influence the political process will not be constrained by a $48,600 limit per ...


The GOP's Cruel April Fools' Joke

5 months ago

As the robins begin to sing, the tulips bloom and the dreadful winter recedes from memory, the surest sign of spring pops into the headlines: Paul Ryan's draconian budget bill. It's almost like reading an Onion parody of heartless Republican priorities. Here is a summary from Jonathan Weisman at ...


Of Penis Pumps and Red Herrings

5 months ago

Like two million other viewers, I am a fan of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and I think faux-reporter Samatha Bee is pretty funny. I laughed out loud a few times last night when I saw a re-broadcast of a show in which Ms. Bee investigated a report that the federal government spent $172 million ...


Jim Crow for Gays in Kansas

7 months ago

A week ago, the Kansas House of Representatives handily passed a bill permitting anyone with religious scruples against homosexuality to discriminate against them. Restaurant owners could deny gay couples a table, hotels owners would be empowered to adopt a straight-only guest policy and employers ...