The fabled planetary alignment predicted to occur in 2012 is actually happening right now. Is this a sign of the Apocalypse, or just eye candy for stargazers?
Oscar-winning filmmaker James Marsh discusses the moments of inspiration behind his films and emphasizes the importance of trusting your instincts.
"In the long term the best way to beat radical ideas is to make them redundant," says Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a politician and ardent critic of fundamentalist Islam.
Francis Fukuyama tells Big Think about the pressures that one must overcome in rethinking positions--in his case, his views on the Iraq War--and how he overcame those pressures.
Francis Fukuyama argues that China's repressive state apparatus is far more sophisticated than the regimes in the Middle East that have fallen during the so-called Arab Spring.
Near-Earth Asteroids are a threat to our planet, but they also represent an opportunity to generate enormous wealth, and may drive the commercial space race.
The burgeoning field of regenerative medicine, or tissue engineering, seeks to harness the body's own healing powers.
Our government will never pass the burden of proof test concerning the death of Osama bin Laden if there is a general failure to comprehend the nature of evidence.
As the Big Three—Google, Bing, and Yahoo—make subtle changes to their search algorithms, a new crop of search engine upstarts are rethinking what it means to search altogether, with the hopes of transforming your relationship to information.
Search is broken, and everyone is scrambling to fix it. Could social networking make search technology potent again?
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.
Entrepreneurship, like theater, requires you to imagine something that doesn't exist. Hollywood star Jeffrey Wright explains how his training on the stage prepared him to found a mineral company and non-profit in Sierra Leone.
Philosophers may have spent many 'sleepless nights of the soul' contemplating the existence of God. Yet bleary-eyed physicists may have beaten them to the prize: has the so-called 'God particle' been discovered?
As the pace of technology advances and machines get smarter, should robots be granted legal rights? Some countries are already laying the groundwork.
Cell phones are being used in many ways today that transcend their original intended function. Big Think Delphi Fellow Aydogan Ozacan is applying this technology to breakthroughs in medicine.