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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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Now Is the What

Remaking "By the Time I Get to Arizona"

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over 4 years ago

Given the exploding coal mines in West Virginia, apocalyptic oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, and the volcanic ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull glacier that stranded millions of people over the last month, and the Arizona immigration law, it's been a strange, and almost surreal group of ...

Dr. Kaku's Universe

On the Road with Sci Fi Science

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over 4 years ago

When I was a child and decided to become a physicist, I never dreamed that I would be traveling all over the world with a TV film crew, or lecturing to audiences in different countries. Back then, I just wanted to learn about physics and the universe. For example, I just finished lecturing in ...

As I Please

Lib Con Coalition and Labour's Response

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over 4 years ago

There is a palpable sense of relief amongst many in the Labour Party that Gordon Brown finally acknowledged the inevitable and stood down, after it became apparent that there could be no deal with the Liberal Democrats, or with the Lib Dems and Nationalists, or with the Lib Dems, Nationalists, SDLP ...

Daylight Atheism

God Kills A Baby

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over 4 years ago

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie) I'm sure that this title is neither new information nor in the slightest bit shocking to those familiar with the atrocities found within the so-called Good Book (of which, Ebonmuse, this site's author, has amply documented). After all, this is the God who ...

Resurgence

Treme Pleasures Itself

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over 4 years ago

I’m no TV critic. My best TV watching days were over twenty years ago. But a slot on my blog here might as well be reserved for my weekly thoughts on the new HBO show Treme, because it is one of the few times during the week that you will find me in front of the tube. This week’s episode, like the ...

IdeaFeed

The New Jew

Missing
over 4 years ago

Peter Beinart writes that "particularly in the younger generations, fewer and fewer American Jewish liberals are Zionists; fewer and fewer American Jewish Zionists are liberal."