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Today's Big Idea Posts

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Brain Power

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

"With respect to the development of powers devoted to coping with specific scientific and economic problems," wrote philosopher John Dewey, "we we may say that the child should be growing in man...

Today's Big Idea: Fast vs. Slow Thinking

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

We are continually reminded wherever we turn (and by Big Think, perhaps, most frequently of all) of the fact that in technologically advanced nations the pace of life is accelerating. Economic con...

Paleolithic Moral Thinking

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

We have moral machinery in our brains designed by evolution and cultural experience that enables us to get along well in groups. In other words, we have gut reactions, caused by the brain's automa...

Feedback

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

We can't control other people, only how we react to them. And sometimes, when we ask for constructive feedback, we receive a harsh assessment that may stop us in our tracks. It's important to lear...

More Media

The Big Idea for Thursday, April 17, 2014
by Big Think Editors

New media is undoubtedly a powerful tool. We've seen the impact of Twitter in the Arab Spring and how crowd-funding is leveling the playing field. In recent years, our entertainment choices have b...

The Future of Space Travel

The Big Idea for Wednesday, April 16, 2014
by Big Think Editors

One day, in the not too distant future, space tourism will be as normal as packing up the family to see the Grand Canyon. The Moon may even well become a hot honeymoon destination. How can this be...

Innovative Learning

The Big Idea for Tuesday, April 15, 2014
by Big Think Editors

It's not what you know, it's what you do with what you know. With constant change as the new normal, we must value innovative thinking and doing. But is that what is being taught to our children i...

Visioneering

The Big Idea for Monday, April 14, 2014
by Big Think Editors

How do you solve the world's greatest problems? First you have to determine what they are. And you need to work with values-driven people to ask the right questions. Once you've asked those questi...

Nowism

The Big Idea for Sunday, April 13, 2014
by Big Think Editors

The key to innovation, one argument goes, is the ability to see trends before they develop and think ahead of the change curve. Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab, pours some cold water...

The Human-Tech Co-Evolution

The Big Idea for Saturday, April 12, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Does the rate of evolution match the rate of technological advance? Not at all. However, there are insightful analogies that can be made between these two processes, which are measurable.  Huma...

What's in the Data?

The Big Idea for Friday, April 11, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Big data can create a lot of noise or help create the next winning product. For many companies, big data can seem like an elusive gold mine--the proposition is clear, but, again, how do you cut th...

Decision Making & Cognitive Bias

The Big Idea for Thursday, April 10, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Over the past 40 years, cognitive science has discovered a series of common blind spots in human decision-making. Our reasoning and intuitions are extremely powerful and useful. But now it is know...

The Future of Education

The Big Idea for Wednesday, April 09, 2014
by Big Think Editors

In our series Big Think @ GESF, we highlight innovative leaders featured at the Global Education & Skills Forum. With tens of millions of children unable to attend school, our world faces a gl...

Philosophy

The Big Idea for Tuesday, April 08, 2014
by Big Think Editors

In the digital age, life feels as though it moves as fast as a neuron synapse. We're also hooked on entertainment, binge-watching our favorite series just to relax. When do we find the time to dis...

Diplomacy

The Big Idea for Monday, April 07, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Diplomacy is as old as human history, and has evolved with humans. What is the state of diplomacy today? Best-selling author Parag Khanna walks us through "mega diplomacy," how NGOs, religious org...