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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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Strange Maps

459 - Marge Simpson’s European Adventure

over 4 years ago

Marge Simpson probably is the world’s best-known octodactylous (1) housewife. With her distinctive blue beehive hairdo, she is an instantly recognisable fixture on The Simpsons, the animated sitcom now in its 21st season that is America’s longest-running prime-time tv show. If she’s made an ...


Islam Is Not the Problem

over 4 years ago

Islam is not a monolithic religion or a single coherent ideology, any more than Christianity is. Yet many people—as I discovered in the comments on my last article—are willing to blame Islam for the actions of people have taken in its name. That's understandable to a certain extent, since so many ...

Waq al-Waq

What Yemen Needs

over 4 years ago

We all know Yemen is in trouble: A resurgent al-Qaeda, a revolt in the north, increasingly violent actions in the south, no oil, no water, a growing youth bulge, declining literacy rates, extensive poverty and of course a weak currency that led to a new head of the Central Bank. But none of those ...

Focal Point

Photo: 2 Legs and 5 Shots

over 4 years ago

Readers have asked for more original photography at Focal Point. I'm happy to oblige. Here's a fun photo for the weekend, taken during my recent trip to St. John's, Newfoundland. It's a small city where social life revolves around stiff drinks and live music in bars. Think of St. John's as a ...

Hybrid Reality

The Power of Porn

over 4 years ago

Do you frequent porn sites? If you do, you’ll be pleased to know that you are a customer of one of the most tech-savvy industries in the world. It’s a well-known secret that porn is the Apple of adult content, always thinking of innovative ways to provide the most intimate and real-time pleasurable ...