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Today's Big Idea Posts

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Body and Mind

The Big Idea for Friday, August 01, 2014
by Big Think Editors

“Clothes are powerful things,” wrote Orwell. Sylvia Ann Hewlett, an economist and expert on gender and workplace issues, and the author of Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Su...

Why We Must Search for Life

The Big Idea for Thursday, July 31, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Forget Stephen Hawking's advice that humankind must find another Earth or risk dying off on this one. The search for life out in the cosmos has the power to unite our planet. Bill Nye, "The Sci...

Listening to Your Senses

The Big Idea for Wednesday, July 30, 2014
by Big Think Editors

"Everything that we feel through our senses affect us not in the most obvious way but in ways that we could not have imagined," psychologist Thalma Lobel, the author of Sensation: The New Science...

Working Towards Peace

The Big Idea for Tuesday, July 29, 2014
by Big Think Editors

We are all different. And the role of religion, according to Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, is to celebrate those differences through greater acceptance and understanding. Rabbi Kleinbaum spoke to Big...

Risk Culture

The Big Idea for Monday, July 28, 2014
by Big Think Editors

The worst of the 2008 economic crash may be behind us, but the lessons must continue to be mined so that we can avoid another Great Recession. Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner stopped...

Disrupting Education

The Big Idea for Sunday, July 27, 2014
by Big Think Editors

New discussions about technology's ability to enhance education are quickly increasing the likelihood of future reform. Education technology (EduTech) experts like Curtis J. Bonk have generated su...

The Art of Influence

The Big Idea for Saturday, July 26, 2014
by Big Think Editors

To be a leader means not talking to yourself. If that's how you feel, then it's not your team's fault for not understanding you. You're not asking them the right questions. Daniel Pink, a manag...

Think Like a Child

The Big Idea for Friday, July 25, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Be practical when it comes to your goals: think like a child, says Stephen Dubner, the co-author, with economist Steven Levitt, of Freakonomics and their latest best seller, Think Like a Freak. ...

Discovering Hidden Psychopathy

The Big Idea for Thursday, July 24, 2014
by Big Think Editors

The way James Fallon coped with discovering that he was a borderline psychopath gives new meaning to the saying, "Fight fire with fire." He had to learn from his anti-social tendencies and embrace...

Understanding Corruption

The Big Idea for Wednesday, July 23, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Can corporate corruption be predicted? A recent study at Georgetown University attempted to prove that it can be. Some of the findings were not surprising. Certain behaviors, like breaking the ...

Bridging the Power Gap

The Big Idea for Tuesday, July 22, 2014
by Big Think Editors

The corner office may afford a nice view, but it can certainly be isolating at times. With hierarchy comes intimidation, and employees can feel reluctant to share their insights with their high...

The Crowdfunding Age

The Big Idea for Monday, July 21, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Why do you need "the crowd"? If you believe in your idea, taking it to market through crowdfunding will not only help you raise the funding that you need, but it will make your idea stronger. C...

Medical Ecology

The Big Idea for Sunday, July 20, 2014
by Big Think Editors

The study of the human microbiome is a fast emerging field of scientific endeavor, driven by the idea that we need to rethink our relationship to the 100 trillion microbes that reside in the human...


The Big Idea for Saturday, July 19, 2014
by Big Think Editors

It is tempting to say that smart, creative people have no distinct set of character traits other than being smart and creative. However, James Gleick, who has written acclaimed biographies of Isaa...

Treating Depression

The Big Idea for Friday, July 18, 2014
by Big Think Editors

According to the World Health Organization, around 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It is the leading cause of disability. Unfortunately, popular treatments, like Proxil and...