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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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Some Jobs Vanish

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over 4 years ago

"Many of the jobs lost during the recession are not coming back," writes Catherine Rampell. "Millions of workers who have already been unemployed for months, if not years, will most likely remain that way even as the overall job market continues to improve, economists say. The occupations they ...

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Cab Driving for Executives

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over 4 years ago

All London taxi drivers spend two to four years studying the shortest route between all roads within a six mile radius of Charing Cross before taking a test and receiving their license. But in a unique way, drivers are also taught conflict management, in particular the benefit of humility. "Drivers ...

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Arab Holocaust Denial

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over 4 years ago

"Western-style Holocaust denial—that is, the endeavor to produce pseudo-scientific proofs that the Jewish genocide did not happen at all or was only a massacre of far lesser scope than that commonly acknowledged—is actually very marginal in the Arab world," writes Gilbert Achcar. Rather, many Arabs ...

Politeia

Does It Matter If Elena Kagan Is Gay?

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over 4 years ago

Elena Kagan's friends assure us that she's not gay. "I’ve known her for most of her adult life and I know she’s straight," Kagan's roommate in law school told Politico. And former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who knew her at Princeton, says she certainly dated men while in college. Even the ...

Think, See, Feel

Martin Amis, Still Famous, Is Enough for Us

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over 4 years ago

The relationship between literary talent and literary fame is not so interesting to discuss (being so much discussed, and yet being uniquely subjective). Why should we care if the writers we love are also famous, or even consistently described by tired but still meaningful terms like “glamorous”—or ...

Daylight Atheism

Yes, That's Me in the Burqa

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over 4 years ago

By Sarah Braasch In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) I am an incipient First Amendment lawyer and a staunch church-state separatist. I surpass even my most progressive friends and colleagues in my unflinching and unwavering support of the freedom ...

Trend World

Can Documentaries Really Change the World?

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over 4 years ago

Long before reality television challenged our faith in the sustainability of the human race, documentary films were an intriguing look into the minds and hearts of some fascinating subjects. By the time Michael Moore used the medium as a microscope into the inequities of corporate and political ...

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Earth's Crystalline Center

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over 4 years ago

Scientists now think they know why seismic waves traveling between the Earth's poles move faster than those traveling east-west. It has to do with the way that the iron alloys at the planet's core have crystallized. While in in the past we thought of the earth's core as fairly homogeneous, it's now ...

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"Jihadi Intent"

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over 4 years ago

"When you look at how much real-world evidence there is against the views of war-on-terror hawks, it’s not surprising that they would construct their own little universe, a place where 'jihadi intent' is an uncaused cause, and our only hope is to kill or intimidate the people who, through some ...

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Google Saves the News?

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over 4 years ago

Having helped break the news business, Google now wants to fix it—"for commercial as well as civic reasons: if news organizations stop producing great journalism, says one Google executive, the search engine will no longer have interesting content to link to." James Fallows looks at how some of the ...