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A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

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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Brave Green World

Ozone Overload: Kudzu Vine To Blame

over 4 years ago

Here’s the tricky thing about ozone: we want lots of it up high in the upper atmosphere, where it blocks radiation and protects us, but we want as little of it as possible down here on the surface of the earth, and in our eyes, ears, noses and throats, where it acts as a harmful pollutant. And ...


Do We Have a Right to Discriminate?

over 4 years ago

When pressed, Rand Paul now says that he would have voted for the Civil Rights Act. But Paul, who just won the Republican nomination for Senate in Kentucky, does have a problem with the provision that makes it crime for private businesses to discriminate against on the basis of race. Private ...

Daylight Atheism

Spread the Good News

over 4 years ago

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie) Two rather interesting and welcome stories have hit the headlines in as many days that I thought I'd bring up here. The first bit of news is that from next week, for the first time, an abortion advisory service is to screen an advert on TV in Britain. Centred ...

Cue the Future

Obama’s missed legacy

over 4 years ago

I’m a big fan of Obama, and have publicly supported him on this blog several times. I think, by in large, he’s done a great job of managing the presidency and engaging in traditional politics — which is, in my opinion, his biggest (and most annoying) failure. Obama stopped mobilizing his ...

Hybrid Reality

The Evolution of Technology

over 4 years ago

Every baby born today in the Western world has a life expectancy of about 100 years, which means it will be alive in 2110. It’s nearly impossible to forecast in detail life in 2110. However, what we can venture to guess based on current trends is that humans will still populate the planet, as will ...