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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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Google Searches for Itself.

about 3 years ago

What’s the Big Idea?  With its 13th birthday fast approaching, Google’s going through a patch of mid-life anxiety. That’s right – famously hip and spritely Google, whose employees scoot around the Googleplex on Segways, play ping-pong at will, and unwind after a hectic day with an on-site ...

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Fear is the Mind-Killer

about 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea? Your heart is pounding, your pupils are dilated, your palms are soaked with sweat. The adrenaline rush we all experience when our bodies go in to “fight or flight” mode is an asset if we’re up against a physical threat. But unless you're a stunt double or an ice road trucker ...

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Social Change at Scale: Peter Thum's Fonderie47

about 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea? There is no shortage of ideas in today's knowledge economy. There is, however, a shortage of actionable ideas. How can we take on seemingly insurmountable issues like climate change, the eradication of diseases and the scarcity of natural resources? Tackling these issues ...

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The Ethics of Love

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 a ...

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You Are Not an Equation

about 3 years ago

What’s The Big Idea? Math – and anything that sounds like math – is seductive, for two reasons. First, because it has the ring of immutable truth. Second, because it intimidates the vast majority of people into uncomprehending submission. The more sophisticated our data-gathering and data ...

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Ethos: 'The Prius of Bottled Water'

about 3 years ago

In launching Ethos Water, social entrepreneur Peter Thum set out to win the emotions of consumers and thereby address the larger issue of the so-called 'World Water Crisis.' Watch the video here:   What's the Big Idea? The world water crisis is part of the larger issue of ...

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Big Think Editors

about 3 years ago

This idea was suggested by Big Think Delphi Fellow Dylan Taylor. What's the Big Idea? Recently, Colliers CEO Dylan Taylor reread a paper he coauthored ten years ago forecasting the strategic role of the physical office in 2010. “We got most of it wrong,” he says. But one idea still resonated ...

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The War on Teachers?

about 3 years ago

This article is part of Re:EDUCATION, an ongoing series on educational innovation.  Like religion and politics, public education may soon be one of those subjects banned from the dinner table for the sake of family harmony. Few issues can boast so many deeply committed stakeholders with so many ...