The brain is hardwired for storytelling. What stories give us, in the end, is reassurance. And as childish as it may seem, that sense of security – that coherent sense of self – is essential to our survival.
Sabermetrics shows us that every time Tim Tebow touches the ball he costs his team points in comparison to the performance of the average NFL quarterback. And yet, he wins.
In each generation, our most brilliant thinkers lay the foundations on which lesser lights will build a new, bloated bureaucracy of the mind. Can experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats help us break the cycle?
The latest X Prize competition was unveiled to "develop a mobile solution that can diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians."
Like any good gimmick, the so-called Doomsday Clock, an invention of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, is meant to grab your attention. No, scientists have not discovered a way to accurately measure our distance in time from the end of the world. What they have done is convened a distinguished ...
Mitt Romney and Dennis Kucinich agree on very few things, but both agree New Hampshire deserves to keep its status as the first primary in presidential nominating contests. Why New Hampshire?
The conservative conundrum regarding the Romney candidacy is the result of our plurality voting system that isn't flexible enough to accurately measure voter preferences. While this system is adequate for a head-to-head race, it is deeply problematic when there are multiple candidates.
How much smog is too much smog? Air pollution in Hong Kong is worse than it has ever been, and ten times worse than it was in 2005. In fact, it has become such a problem that some worry global corporations located in Hong Kong's central business district will have to relocate due to health ...
Investors and policy makers should tap into the economic potential of cities in emerging markets.
It was four years ago today that Big Think was launched by co-founders Victoria Montgomery Brown and Peter Hopkins to immediate fanfare. That day The New York Times hailed Big Think as "a Web site that could do for intellectuals what YouTube, the popular video-sharing site, did for bulldogs on ...
From all of us here at Big Think, Happy 70th birthday, Stephen! If you had only been one of the smartest humans ever, it would have been enough – but you're something much bigger than that: a model of how to live.
Imagine a drug that allows you to drink as much alcohol as you like, wake up without a hangover and never have to worry about developing a dependency.
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, author of The Predictioneer's Game, shares his foolproof method for getting your next car for the lowest price possible.
Once they’re gone, mammalian arms and legs can't ever be restored. But if you cut off a salamander's leg it will reappear in just a few weeks. The enigma of amphibian organ regeneration has long puzzled scientists. Now, a new wave of scientists hopes to put it to use.
In the busy world of the 21st century shouldn't we be making it easier, not harder, to vote?