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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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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 ...

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These Chemicals Are Good For You (And Yummy)

about 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea?  This is not your grandmother's kitchen. In fact, it much more closely resembles a laboratory, with appliances such as water baths, homog­e­niz­ers and cen­trifuges, and ingre­di­ents such as hydro­col­loids, emul­si­fiers, and enzymes. This is Nathan Myhrvold's kitchen ...