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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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The Attention-Span Doesn't Exist

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almost 4 years ago

Whether the Web is making us smarter or dumber, isn’t there something just unconvincing about the idea that an occult “span” in the brain makes certain cultural objects more compelling than others? So a kid loves the drums but can hardly get through a chapter of “The Sun Also Rises”. The actions of ...

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G.P.S. Is Rotting Your Brain

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almost 4 years ago

Veronique Bohbot, an assistant professor of psychiatry, and colleagues at McGill Univeristy released three studies on the effect G.P.S. has on the human brain. Their results showed that avid G.P.S. users have a higher risk of suffering from memory and spatial orientation problems. The research ...

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Deficits & Political Willpower

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almost 4 years ago

The scale of America’s fiscal problem depends on how far ahead you look. Today’s deficit, running at 9% of GDP, is huge. ... The solution should start with an agreement between Mr Obama and Congress on a target for a manageable level of publicly held federal debt: say, 60% of GDP by 2020. They ...

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A Changing Geopolitics

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almost 4 years ago

What is clear watching the U.S. election season unfold from Europe and the Middle East, is that the entire process—whether Barack Obama's lackluster job performance or the ease with which the corporate Right used the anger of millions of Americans to strengthen their power even more—represents the ...

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Growing Human Organs

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almost 4 years ago

Embryonic stem cells can turn into virtually any type of cell in the body. But controlling this process, known as differentiation, is tricky. If embryonic stem cells are left to grow in a tissue-culture dish, they will differentiate more or less at random, into a mixture of different types of cells ...

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How History Progresses

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almost 4 years ago

I think it’s fair to say that most of us living in America today assume that, as we like to put it, “you can’t turn back the clock,” that history always and inevitably moves in a liberalizing direction. And we think that whether we consider such “liberalizing” as the epitome of good or the ...

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How to Get Around Lobbying Rules

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almost 4 years ago

What do you call it when corporations get together with politicians to work out the details of legislation? Normally, of course, it’s called “lobbying” and is subject to federal regulations requiring corporations to disclose how much they’re spending and what policies they’re advocating. But if you ...

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The March of Tyranny in the Middle East

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almost 4 years ago

The invasion of Iraq was cheered by right-wing Christians as a way to bring democracy to a people oppressed by tyranny. And, on paper at least, it achieved that goal. But in reality, Iraq as a nation hardly exists anymore. The anarchy of the invasion unleashed a wave of sectarian bloodshed, and the ...