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The Caveman Diet

about 3 years ago

What’s the Big Idea? The human digestive system developed over 2.5 million years, with one simple underlying function: maximizing our chance for survival.  But then humanity jumped the curve – we invented agriculture. Through the processing of grain into bread, and through domestication and ...

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Core Skill: Follow Your Gut

about 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

about 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

about 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 ...