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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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Good Intentions?

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over 4 years ago

The Congressional panel investigating the financial crisis wants to know if Freddie Mac and Fannie May were well intentioned or ridden with greed. "They were well-intentioned victims of a historic, unanticipated meltdown in the housing market -- or they were reckless, arrogant financial firms that ...

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Iranian Uranium

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over 4 years ago

Iran has announced its development of faster centrifuges for enriching uranium but the advance, while scientifically significant, may not alter the political landscape. "Iran has announced it has developed faster centrifuges for uranium enrichment, signalling a determination to press on with its ...

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Texting Doctor Parkinson

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over 4 years ago

Imagine no waiting room at the doctor's office. Scratch that. Now picture no doctor's office at all. In this practice, you make appointments via text, video chat or email, and sometimes your doctor makes house calls. Oh, and you deal directly with the insurance company, because there's no staff for ...

Mind Matters

A Human Game, Mastered by Rats

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over 4 years ago

The "Prisoner's Dilemma" is one of game theory's oldest, most influential and most poetic ideas. As in life, a player's best strategy depends on the kind of game she's in (one round? ten rounds? endless rounds?), who the other players are (strangers? familiar partners?) and how much she knows ...

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Jon Stewart, Facts on the Rise

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over 4 years ago

The journalistic objectivity which the American press aspire to does not exist as such in Europe, and I say Europe is better off because of that. Peruse the newspapers of individual European countries and it will become clear enough that information is presented along a broad political spectrum ...

Hybrid Reality

“You Lookin’ At Me?”

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over 4 years ago

We all suspect we’re being watched. Sometimes it’s obvious like when you see CCTV cameras peering at you from every street corner in London (London is perhaps one of the most heavily monitored cities in the world). We tend to be forgiving of governments that intrude in our lives in the name of ...