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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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The Customer Is Always Wrong

about 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea? "You have to commit on where an industry's going. Holding off on what is going to be the trend is not a strategy. Ultimately it catches up with you."    With programs in over 30 languages from Pashto to Portuguese, Virginia-based Rosetta Stone was ...

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School Reform: Rise of the Machines

about 3 years ago

What’s the Big Idea?  What does the future of education look like? Picture 100 students sitting at terminals. Five teachers circulate, monitoring student progress. Onscreen, a virtual tutor with human-like charisma assesses what little Billy knows about, say, the Pythagorean Theorem. It ...

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Are Video Games A Drug?

about 3 years ago

UPDATE: 6.27.2010: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California's ban on the sale or rental of violent video games to minors is unconstitutional. What’s the Big Idea? It’s not just the secret desire to blow things up that pulls us in to the world of video games, says Scott Rigby, author of ...

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The Ethics of Stealing Cable

about 3 years ago

 In a previous post, Big Think invited you to pose your ethical questions to Randy Cohen, the former New York Times writer who answered reader's questions in his column "The Ethicist" for over a decade. The dilemmas he tackled ranged from the ethics of moving to higher-priced unoccupied seats at ...

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Disrupting the Digital Dinosaurs

about 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea? Many Internet users embrace the utopian view that progress lies in the removal of barriers to the free exchange of all the fruits of human labor, from intellectual works to entertainment and media. This idea of the web, of course, runs afoul of many intellectual property ...

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The Ethical Life of a Corporate Lawyer

about 3 years ago

The man The Wall Street Journal has called “arguably the country’s leading banking lawyer” Henry Rodgin ("Rodge") Cohen has also been called "the trauma surgeon of Wall Street.” The mantle is well-deserved, as Cohen has been a key player in the resolution of many major bank failures in recent ...