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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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Infinite Regret

over 4 years ago

"How could a writer whose prose breathed in life so fully take his own?" asks Michael O'Donnell of David Foster Wallace. A new book tries to illuminate the writer via a five-day road trip.


Of Bones and Compost

over 4 years ago

A growing number of artists are "rummaging through the life sciences in search of materials, ideas, cosmic verities, tragicomic homilies, personal agency, a personal agent, a way to stand out in the crowd."

Mind Matters

Why Holy Men Make Lousy Popes

over 4 years ago

Nick Kristof has an idea for fixing the Catholic Church: Turn it "upside down"! Take power away from the "old boys' club" at the Vatican, where a dark cloud hovers because of the way the old boys handle sexually abusive priests. Give the scepter instead to the other Catholic Church, "the grass ...

Strange Maps

462 - Gridding London

over 4 years ago

. . American cities are gridded, and thus easily readable and navigable. Their Old World counterparts are older, messier and much more disorienting. That is the conventional wisdom. London stands as a prime example of the latter layout, with an organically grown, bewilderingly chaotic street ...