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A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

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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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Daylight Atheism

The Case for a Creator: Information Wars

over 4 years ago

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 9 How likely is the spontaneous origin of life? In chapter 9, Stephen Meyer likens it to one of those tornado-in-a-junkyard scenarios that creationists love so much: "Imagine trying to generate even a simple book by throwing Scrabble letters onto the floor ...


Text 2.0

over 4 years ago

With tablet notebooks and Kindles changing the way we read books, new technology is threatening the way we respond to the text by using “eye tracking” to keep our interest.

Strange Maps

452 - The Korean Tiger

over 4 years ago

Korea as a tiger: what a beautiful map. The peninsula’s shape is rendered in the image of the local big cat , also known as the Siberian, Manchurian or Altaic tiger (Panthera tigris altaica). This is done in a manner reminiscent of the Leo belgicus (see #425). One obvious difference: tigers ...