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Core Skill: Follow Your Gut

Man_on_wire_o
almost 3 years ago

Every creative project begins with an epiphany moment in which the artist or entrepreneur decides to commit years of his life to a story or an idea. James Marsh, director of the Academy Award-winning "Man on Wire" and the upcoming "Project NIM," told us all about his own epiphany moments during a ...

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Big Idea: Tissue Engineering

New_organs
almost 3 years ago

This idea was contributed by Big Think Delphi Fellow Ali Khademhosseini.  What’s the Big Idea? The age of transplants, surgical reconstruction and dialysis machines, is rapidly receding, and in its place stands the burgeoning field of regenerative medicine, or tissue engineering, which seeks ...

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Big Idea: Deep Rationality

Junk_food
almost 3 years ago

This idea was contributed by Big Think Delphi Fellow Douglas Kenrick. What’s the Big Idea? A new model for understanding human decision-making, called Deep Rationality, acknowledges the irrationality of human decision-making but suggests that it might be rooted in evolution. Why Is It ...

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How Entrepreneurship Is Like Acting

Jeffrey_wright
almost 3 years ago

The English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge once wrote that if authors could infuse their stories with enough "semblance of truth," readers would suspend their disbelief of the clearly fabricated tale. Almost 200 years later, actor and entrepreneur Jeffrey Wright tells Big Think that starting a ...

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A Robot's Bill of Rights?

Robo_rights_z
almost 3 years ago

"Guns don't kill people, people kill people." - NRA slogan Whether or not you agree with the NRA's argument against gun control, it is worth noting that it relies on a common-sense legal principle that the tools of mankind's creation do not perpetrate crimes. After all, objects such as guns hold ...

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What's the Future of Higher Education?

Princeton
almost 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea? With tuition spiraling upwards as the cost of learning paradoxically plummets, higher education is on an unsustainable course.  Why Is This Groundbreaking? The modern university has, to a great extent, remained unchanged for 1000 years, despite massive changes in the ...