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A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Dr. Kaku's Universe

Alien Invasions—Should We Be Worried?

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over 3 years ago

The latest episode of Sci Fi Science, as usual, has generated e-mails from viewers that I would now like to address:     Question One: You discuss evil aliens that might want to take over the Earth. But can't the aliens be friendly?  Answer: Yes. In fact, I personally believe that alien ...

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North Korea Gets Ready to Choose

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over 3 years ago

The official version for the delay in a key conference – likely to decide the future leadership of North Korea - of the ruling Workers Party, is that widespread and serious flooding has forced a postponement. But as ever with North Korea and the country’s ailing ruler, Kim Jong Il, there is rather ...

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Is Growth Sustainable?

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over 3 years ago

"It used to be the biggest question, but now it seems to be the forgotten question of the environment movement: can economic growth continue indefinitely? And this weekend it's going to be brought back into the spotlight at a major international gathering co-sponsored by The Independent. For three ...

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Business Management Science

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"Since its inception in the early 20th century, management science has been dominated by what Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, two evolutionary psychologists, refer to disparagingly as the standard social science model. This assumes that most behavioural differences between individuals are explicable ...

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What It's Like To Be a Baby

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"If attention is like a focused beam in adults, then it’s more like a glowing bulb in babies, casting a diffuse radiance across the world. This crucial difference in attention has been demonstrated indirectly in a variety of experiments. For instance, when preschoolers are shown a photograph of ...

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Minimalism Is Dead

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"There is no longer a ruling style or taste, no common agreement on what is avant-garde and what is retrograde. Today the happening thing is just what is happening. We have reached the end of 'isms'. Minimalism was the last, and most curious, ism of all. ... In one sense, minimalism had a beginning ...

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The High Cost of Cheap Meat

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"U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show the average American spent just 9.5 percent of his or her disposable income on food last year, a lower percentage than in any country in the world. And although meat consumption has risen slightly over the past 40 years, its impact on the pocketbook is ...

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Film Profiles Facebook Creator

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"The company Mark Zuckerberg founded in his Harvard dorm room six years ago was built on the idea that people would want to share personal information—even very personal information—on the Web. Yet the 26-year-old self-made billionaire has managed to keep a low public profile even as Facebook Inc ...

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Spirituality in A.A.

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"After being hidden away for nearly 70 years and then auctioned twice, the original manuscript by AA co-founder Bill Wilson is about to become public for the first time next week, complete with edits by Wilson-picked commenters that reveal a profound debate in 1939 about how overtly to talk about ...

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Daily Time-Warps

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over 3 years ago

"Exploring the peculiar effects of Einstein’s relativity is no longer rocket science. Tabletop experiments at a lab in Colorado have illustrated the odd behavior of time, a strangeness typically probed with space travel and jet planes. Using superprecise atomic clocks, scientists have witnessed time ...

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Titanium Wolverine Bones

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"Bone implants are typically made of solid metal—usually titanium. Though well tolerated by the body, such implants are significantly stiffer than bone. This means that an implant may end up carrying a far higher load than the bone it is placed next to, according to Peter Quadbeck of the Fraunhofer ...

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The History of Human Rights

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"It's strange to think of human rights as having a history, much less a controversial one. Could anyone but a monster deny that every person has a right to be free and equal, to be protected against torture and censorship, to have enough to eat? Our reverence for human rights is so instinctive that ...