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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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Design for Good

Visual Guides to Sustainable Seafood

over 4 years ago

Over the past couple of years, marine sustainability has risen to the top of the environmental movement's concerns. But in a supply/demand market economy, our seafood choices as consumers have a significant impact on the issue. So how can design help consumers make smarter, more sustainable seafood choices?

Focal Point

Regulators Let BP Skip Required Permits

over 4 years ago

Federal regulators apparently allowed BP and dozens of other oil companies to begin drilling without obtaining mandatory environmental permits, according to the New York Times. By law, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) needs to get the OK of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

Daylight Atheism

Standing on Air

over 4 years ago

Despite endless reiterations of how atheists find justification for morality, we all routinely hear from apologists who claim that without believing in God, we can have no basis for ethical behavior. That's one thing, but today I want to discuss a far stranger and more disturbing variant of this ...


Privacy Pique

over 4 years ago

"The most frustrating thing about Facebook's privacy policy is that it's always changing," writes Farhad Manjoo. The company should better respect users' desire for privacy going forward.


After the Fall

over 4 years ago

"There isn’t a wholesale rejection of capitalism" among the American public, says Nouriel Roubini, "but I think there was a greater faith 10 years ago in an unfettered, laissez-faire market economy."


End the Embargo

over 4 years ago

Daniel Wilkinson and Nik Steinberg write that the U.S. embargo of Cuba must end, but that it is naive to think that the Caribbean country's government will suddenly reform as a result.