On China's microblogging site Weibo, rumors of Kim Jong-un's death surfaced earlier today when bloggers posted that he was assassinated in Beijing. Media outlets have yet to issue any official reports, but the rumors have spread to Twitter and they are ripe for punny jokes. Gawker was one of the ...
Put these films in your Netflix queue and you will not only get a first-class education on the history of cinema, you will also get a window into the rich visual culture of the Renaissance.
Above all else, Kahneman’s legacy will be a precise, empirical reminder of our own fallibility, and a roadmap of the cognitive traps to which we're most vulnerable.
The trouble, says Nobel Laureate psychologist Daniel Kahneman, is that we're often confident in our intuitive judgments even when we have no idea what we're doing.
Jason Silva says he is trying to share his techno-optimistic views in ways that inspire people with awe and wonder, and spark conversation within the greater “marketplace of ideas”.
It's easy to see why we're stuck in such a cynical rut these days. However, a new book argues the accelerating rate of technological change will "put an end to what ails us" within 25 years with "noticeable change possible within the next decade."
The New York Giants won the Super Bowl and now they will get their parade down New York City's Canyon of Heroes. And yet, according to Paul Rieckhoff, there's another parade that's long overdue, and Rieckhoff is making noise about it. The Defense Department has maintained that now is not the ...
The utopia of instant, effortless DIY success for writers remains a pipe dream. Still, digital distribution and online networking are calling into question the established paths to artistic fame and fortune. Into this vacuum steps Storiad, an intriguing new approach to empowering writers and connecting them with the right buyers for their work.
Move over, David Beckham, Matthew Broderick, Jerry Seinfeld and Donald Trump. The Super Bowl commercial that caught our attention was a Best Buy spot called "Phone Innovators" featuring none other than Big Think favorite Ray Kurzweil. "I'm Ray Kurzweil," the futurist and inventor says in the ...
What's the Big Idea? As the Assistant Secretary of Education in the first Bush administration, Educational historian Diane Ravitch became known for her push to establish national standards for K-12 education. From 1997-2004, she served as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board ...
Athletes may be paid millions, but implicit in the bargain is that ownership of their bodies is no longer entirely theirs.
For Americans especially, "being yourself" is a basic cultural value. For the psychologically vulnerable, the cognitive dissonance between this and the constant external pressure to be something other than ourselves can be toxic.
The hilarious swami of style and fashion egalitarian Simon Doonan, author of Gay Men Don't Get Fat, offers some efficient guidelines to personal style for the mad scientist whose mind is on loftier things.
Italy, says Italian Historian Joseph Luzzi, is a chiaroscuro nation – a land of sharp contrasts.
In the seething cesspool of Caravaggio's Rome, violence was a form of advertisement; it let people know you were, so to speak, the wrong guy to f#@k with. Internationally renowned art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon revisits Caravaggio's life as a kind of model for career success in tough times.