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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.

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The Brain, Inspired

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over 4 years ago

New research into the brain provides intriguing information about the neural activity associated with moments of sudden insight. A study at the University of British Columbia examined how groups of frontal cortex neurons in rat brains switch from encoding a familiar rule to a completely novel rule ...

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Russia's Dark Past

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"Communism led ... inexorably, everywhere on the globe where it was applied, to starvation, torture, and slave-labor camps," writes Claire Berlinski. "Nor is it widely acknowledged that Communism was responsible for the deaths of some 150 million human beings during the twentieth century. The world ...

As I Please

A British Coalition Made in Heaven—or Hell?

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over 4 years ago

So what are we to make of the new British coalition Government that made its appearance, in the shape of David Cameron and Nick Clegg, in the 10 Downing Street Rose Garden yesterday? (The Rose Garden, for the benefit of American readers, is a Tony Blair construct, which he copied from the White ...

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Hiding Fannie and Freddie

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"The government's current policy to leave a great deal of its liabilities off-balance sheet makes the U.S.'s current debt levels look a lot more favorable than they really are," writes Daniel Indiviglio. "Future entitlement costs, for example, are already accrued, but remain included as unfunded ...

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Some Jobs Vanish

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"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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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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"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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...