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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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As I Please

Farewell to a Man of Courage and Conviction

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over 4 years ago

This afternoon in London, hundreds of people, friends, family and other soul mates will gather for the funeral of the former Labour leader, writer and campaigner, Michael Foot. I have been asked to speak, and this is what I will have to say. SEEING THIS HUGE CROWD GATHERED HERE TODAY, COME TO SAY ...

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My Favorite Cigar Store Closes Down Today

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over 4 years ago

My favorite cigar shop is closing today. I got an email on Friday from the owner. "Closing down sale, cash only sale, all must go." I've lived through the demise of a business or two myself, so I am acutely aware of how hard it was for the owner to type those few terse words. It was the only cigar ...

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Take the Money, Honey

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over 4 years ago

New research shows men tend to be overly confident, reactive, and eager for short-term gains when investing money in the stock market, while women are more risk averse. "The latest data comes from Vanguard, the mutual fund company. Among 2.7 million people with I.R.A.’s at the company, it found that ...

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Policing "The Police"

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Anticipating a report to be released in May criticizing the music industry for its carbon footprint, industry leaders have met in London to discuss reducing the environmental impact of big tours like The Police and U2. "Imagine U2 clambering on to a train to take them to a sold-out stadium; Keith ...

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"Faith Offensive"

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In the wake of his fall from grace at home, Tony Blair's Faith Foundation is making connections in the U.S. with pastors like Rick Warren in order to promote understanding between different faiths. "With Afghanistan and Iraq casting a shadow over his popularity at home in Britain, Blair's focus has ...

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Sleep Well?

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The National Sleep Foundation finds that our busy American culture homogenizes sleeping tendencies across cultures, resulting in all ethnicities sacrificing some of their Z's. "The National Sleep Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that promotes sleep health, released its annual "Sleep in ...

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Crack vs. Cocaine

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously agreed to reduce the sentencing disparity between crack and cocaine to 18:1, down from 100:1. The vote envisages similar legislation. "A long-standing dispute over huge disparities in sentencing between crack vs. powdered cocaine appears to be headed ...

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Holding Hamas

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over 4 years ago

A leading member of Hamas, a terrorist organization according to Israel, the U.S., and E.U., was captured overnight in the West Bank and is accused of orchestrating suicide attacks against Israel. "Mahar Uda was seized overnight in the Ramallah region. It did not provide further details. Mr Uda ...

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Spring Forward

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over 4 years ago

The Christian Science Monitor traces the origins of Daylight Savings Time to WWI Germany, where an extra hour of work was desired before nighttime air raids; the tradition continues for tradition's sake. "The official switch takes place at 2 a.m. Sunday – though, once you twist your watch stem or ...

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Yuan vs. Dollar

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says his country will not appreciate its currency for the foreseeable future while it slowly sells off its dollar reserves; Paul Krugman says a yuan appreciation would boost the world economy. "'I don’t think the yuan is undervalued,' Wen said at a press conference in ...

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Pillow Talk

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A Japanese man has fallen in love with and married his large body pillow with a female anime character drawn on it; the Japanese word 'otaku' means 'obsessive' or 'nerd'. "Lee Jin-gyu fell for his 'dakimakura' - a kind of large, huggable pillow from Japan, often with a picture of a popular anime ...