The New York State Senate has voted to legalize gay marriage, a major milestone for the gay rights movement in several respects. After Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the bill into law, New York will become the sixth and most populous state to legalize gay marriage. It is also significant that this law ...
If traditional media companies fail to adapt their business models to the realities of today's open source world, companies like Boxee will be happy to fill the void.
The Web has sprung the lid on a Pandora’s Box of new human connections - mirroring and magnifying the best, the worst, and the ugliest aspects of our nature.
More and more of the soldiers being put in harm's way in Iraq are actually machines. Scholar and Wired for War author P.W. Singer explains what happens when science fiction becomes battlefield reality.
The online retail revolution has produced spectacular success stories like Groupon and Gilt Groupe. Adam Bryant of The New York Times talks to Susan Lyne, CEO of Gilt Groupe, about where the industry is heading in the future.
"The trauma surgeon of Wall Street" tells Big Think about the ethical considerations he had to contend with in the years leading up to the financial crisis.
Wise leaders like Gurbaksh Chahal create strong, adaptable organizations by hiring––and relying upon––driven entrepreneurs who share the core vision but have vivid dreams of their own.
Are we truly looking forward to an "Age of Abundance," as Peter Diamandis suggests? A Big Think panel debates the future of business in the 21st century.
Polls have shown that public opinion is clearly trending in favor of gay marriage. And yet, it will take bipartisan action to pass legislation in New York this week.
A SEAL’s smartest weapon, like a scholar’s, is his mind: his capacity to assess complex situations. This assessment is then coupled with the courage to achieve a given goal, and the humility to move on quietly to the next task.
Chef Wylie Dufresne believes in playing with his food—but not in the usual sense of the phrase. In his popular New York restaurant, wd-50, Dufresne applies molecular gastronomy, a field of science that studies the chemistry behind cooking, to create new and unfamiliar dishes. In his Big Think ...
A kind of religion has developed around so-called "natural" foods. Hold on, says modernist chef and inventer Nathan Myhrvold. Do you like muffins? Do you like wine and cheese? If so, read on.
Psychologist Sam Gosling discusses what Apple's recently-unveiled spaceship headquarters says about Steve Jobs--and what your office might say about you.
James Berkland has made a name for himself predicting earthquakes. And yet his claim that the moon triggers earthquakes has been discredited by the scientific community.
At the frontiers of geology, scientists are developing new, physics-based models that will help us forecast and prepare for devastating earthquakes.