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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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As I Please

So Who Is Nick Clegg?

over 4 years ago

“Who is Nick Clegg?” I hear you ask? Well, actually I don’t really hear many of you asking at all. And you may be forgiven. Until a week ago he was the scarcely known—even in Britain—leader of the third party, the Liberal Democrats. And then he appeared on Britain’s first televised ‘Leaders debates ...

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The New Take on Presidential Fiction

over 4 years ago

There have been countless fictional portrayals of fake American presidents in pop culture. From the alien-battling President Thomas Whitmore in “Independence Day” to hopeless romantic President Andrew Shepherd in “the American President.” Both those films were released within a year of each other ...


Making Reparations

over 4 years ago

President Obama can reshape the debate over "the idea that the descendants of American slaves should receive compensation for their ancestors’ unpaid labor and bondage," writes Henry Louis Gates Jr.


Reining in Ahab

over 4 years ago

Anti-whaling countries could issue a number of allowances to countries defying a moratorium on whaling—potentially limiting the total number of whales being slaughtered each year.