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A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

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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Brain Movies

almost 3 years ago

What's the Latest Development? Imagine watching someone’s dream, or tapping directly into the mind of a coma patient. Berkeley scientists say they're close to doing it via fMRI and computational models which decode and reconstruct people’s dynamic visual experiences. So far, the technology ...

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Why China Won't Rule the World Anytime Soon

almost 3 years ago

Economist Daniel Altman predicts that "deep factors," including endemic corruption and a Confucian business culture, will limit China's growth, causing it to surrender the top spot shortly after becoming the world's biggest economy. What's the Big Idea?  Americans are optimistic by nature ...

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Are We Living in the Post-Romantic Age?

almost 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea? Where do our clichés about love go to die? Teenage girls and movie producers may survive on blushes and beautifully-penned letters alone, but there’s a point at which the rest of us pause and realize that no, life is not My Best Friend's Wedding, and yes, we are actually g ...

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Teach With, Not 'To' the Test

almost 3 years ago

SPECIAL MINISERIESDr. Wang Explains Your Child's Brain.   What exactly is “teaching to the test”? If you’re a fan of the nationwide public school “accountability movement”, which has resulted in more frequent standardized testing at every grade level, it means teaching kids what national ...

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The Dark Side of High Achievement

about 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea? It is a familiar tale, one told many times by writers and filmmakers from Shakespeare to Orson Welles. A dynamic thinker sets out on his or her career and makes an impact almost immediately. He brings new ideas to the table, sees angles that others do not, and consequently ...

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Why the Tablet Changes Everything

about 3 years ago

"WTF? It's basically a big, $500 iPhone - without the phone." Unless you're an early-adopting technophile, this may have been your reaction to the release of iPad 1. Meanwhile, in the onyx-paneled boardrooms of the electronic media industry, an entirely different kind of conversation was taking ...