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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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Buddhism as a “Science of the Mind”

over 2 years ago

Buddhism is not a collection of views. It is a practice to help us eliminate wrong views.                                                     – Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of Buddha's Teaching.    What’s the Big Idea?  I can already anticipate the critiques. Science is about objective ...

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The "I Told You So" Laws

over 2 years ago

A new breed of legislation is sweeping the nation. 20 states, according to the Guttmacher Institute, have legislation in place that employ ultrasounds as part of the abortion process. In ten of these states, the ultrasound is required, and in one of them, women must view the image and endure a ...

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The True Cost of Foxconn's Wage Hikes

over 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? Foxconn's employees in China may be getting a raise, but it's only a matter of time before higher wages prompts the manufacturer to move its operations to a cheaper Asian country, according to a report by the Global Post .  “It’s just cost efficiencies. Like any other ...

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Patient-On-Doctor Violence On The Rise In China

over 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? An intern in a hospital in Harbin city was stabbed to death by an angry patient last week. Three other doctors were seriously injured in the attack. These latest victims join a list of at least ten other medical professionals in China who were murdered last year by ...