What kinds of incentives are necessary to get people to lead more environmentally responsible lives? Ernst Weizsäcker, co-chair of the U.N. International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, says that we have to start by thinking of our children and grandchildren—and focus less on quarterly ...
The first project Brian Henson worked on with his father, Muppets creator Jim Henson, was a scene in "The Great Muppet Caper" where Kermit and Miss Piggy are riding bicycles in London. In his Big Think interview, the chairman of The Jim Henson Company describes the scene as a "complex marionetting ...
We love our American President for his gift with words, and we learn from him in how he uses them—in articulating war, in assailing Wall Street, or even in making cool jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this past weekend. We now know: it is increasingly important that those we place ...
While people wonder daily about the future of the newspaper, music and publishing industries, the television business seems to be surviving on its own terms. Sure it has lost revenue to the crisis and to the Internet, but its fundamental qualities combined with some late innovation have given the ...
Morality is an indirect consequence of evolution that balances the needs of individual survival and satisfaction with those of society, writes a contributor at Psychology Today.
Our age's outright attack on God may just be a reactionary response from an "ideology of reason" that imitates the dogmatic methods it is critical of, says The Spectator.
The supposed infallibility of DNA test results, due to individuals' unique gene sequences, creates a cult of unaccountability that can lead to false convictions.
The preservation of "fundamental rights" by a nation's judiciary is an old habit of tempering democracy with aristocracy, writes James Grant of the U of Cambridge.
The eruption at Eyjafjallajökull is now producing lava flows that are slowly working their way downslope as well as the strombolian summit explosions.
Fred Donner, a historian at the U of Chicago, has published a history of Islam that demonstrates the faith's original openness to outside members.
While Europe is no longer the colonial power it once was, and though its politics are mired in seemingly small issues, its social values provide the continent its staying power.
If you live in a city, it's probably loud; the effects of noise pollution fall disproportionately on the poor and damage our psychology as well as our physiology.
Another lengthy analysis has been done on the over prescription of psychotropic drugs in America: is the tide turning against our favorite little pills?
As genetic research advances, the risk of attributing too many qualities, such as genius, to our genes dangerously downplays individual potential for achievement.
Richard Dawkins lets go some invective against Pope Benedict XVI when asked by the Washington Post if the pontiff should be held responsible for the Church's sex abuse scandals.