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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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Is Social Network an Oxymoron?

Peter2
over 3 years ago

So I've been thinking some about the fact that "The Social Network" portrays people--even techno-meritocrats--as worse than they really are.  I've been criticized, of course, for not recognizing the artistry in that approach as a revelation of the emptiness of our time. One reason I wasn't so ...

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Ending Child Abuse!

Peter2
almost 4 years ago

The transhumanist Kyle Munkittrick has come after me for not making arguments.  Mainly he seems ticked off that I speculated that the biotechnological enhancement of children might well not be so voluntary.  His response doesn't seem to me to be an argument:  He asserts it will be voluntary. But ...

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Men Single and Serious

Peter2
almost 4 years ago

So for the slow weekend, I thought I'd stick in some more thoughts of movies I saw a year or so ago, before I became a BIG THINKer. I saw A Single Man and A Serious Man on New Year’s Eve, 2009 and didn’t take any notes or anything. And I’m pretty old and my memory’s shot. But here's what I wrote ...

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The Crazy, Stoic Heart

Peter2
almost 4 years ago

After saying something really controversial like Tea Partiers aren't Fascists, I thought it safer to return to a relatively trans-partisan commentary on a good movie.  This is part of my emerging series of movies about Stoic Americans.  It's also part of my series on movies about Stoic Americans ...