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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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Why Men Don't Read

Missing
about 4 years ago

"Few men work in book publishing, so there are few supporters in the industry for books that men in particular might like, causing fewer such books to be published or promoted and finally leading men to think that books are not for them," writes Laura Miller. Book editing "increasingly resembles ...

As I Please

Gordon Brown's Last Stand?

Gbrown
about 4 years ago

“You are not allowed to proceed further. Turn back and head the way you came.” These words were spoken to me by a policeman standing on the approaches to the mining village of Ollerton in Nottinghamshire twenty six ago. Here, in D. H. Lawrence country, surrounded by the deep recesses of Sherwood ...

Design for Good

48 Hour Magazine

48hrmag
about 4 years ago

Last month's Icelandic volcano eruption may have wreaked havoc on the world of international travel, but the ash cloud did have a silver lining as the prolific flight volcancellations inspired a number of wonderful grassroots initiatives by stranded travelers—from an impromptu TEDxVolcano, scrapped ...

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Wormhole to the Future

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about 4 years ago

Stephen Hawking says he's obsessed with the idea of time travel these days. "To see how this might be possible, we need to look at time as physicists do—at the fourth dimension," he writes. "Time flows like a river and it seems as if each of us is carried relentlessly along by time's current. But ...

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Chimp Sex "Tools"

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about 4 years ago

John Tierney looks at research indicating that male chimpanzees use "tools" (crackling leaves) to show females that they are ready for sex. He suggests that this is the chimp equivalent of "trying to attract women by driving around with a car thumping out 120-decibel music. But until researchers are ...

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Your Baby Isn't Behind

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about 4 years ago

"In our what-to-expect era, when baby Web sites offer weekly, birthdate-timed developmental newsletters, parents can hardly avoid knowing where their child falls on the developmental spectrum," writes Nicholas Day. "But when parents today worry about their child not meeting developmental norms ...

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Handwriting on the Wall

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about 4 years ago

The idea that one's disposition can be analyzed by looking at their handwriting is considered spurious, yet medical graphology—the use of handwriting to detect disease—has diagnostic validity. "Writing is an exquisite fine motor skill—unlike brushing your hair, for instance," explains neuroscientist ...

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Light Brings Rain

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about 4 years ago

Scientists have discovered that shooting high-powered lasers into the sky can create the germ of a rain cloud, opening the door to eco-friendly cloud manipulation. “This is the first time that a laser was used to condense water from both laboratory experiments and from the atmosphere,” says Jérôme ...

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Infinite Regret

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about 4 years ago

David Foster Wallace's suicide "created a lacuna: the guy who wrote in the biggest, boldest type had suddenly silenced himself," writes Michael O'Donnell. "His death prompted a publishing drive that is at once soothing and a little unseemly: Wallace’s speeches, stories, and unfinished novels keep ...