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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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Killer Spider

over 4 years ago

“Forget sharks and crocodiles: the real menace at this time of year, at least for suburban Sydneysiders, is a backyard spider whose bite can kill you in the space of two hours. Insect experts have warned that the city is being invaded by funnel-webs, considered one of the world's most aggressive and ...


Truth Telling And Race

over 4 years ago

It only took me a few minutes, after I tuned into the tail end of Obama’s America: 2010 And Beyond on television the other night, to see that we Americans were playing the same old game, just on a bigger stage, and with more lights than usual. The usual parade of academics and media personalities ...


What Will Become of the Democrats?

over 4 years ago

After Martha Coakley called Scott Brown to concede the special election to fill Ted Kennedy's old seat in the Senate, a friend of mine confidently predicted that not only would health care reform likely collapse, but that the Democrats would also probably lose both houses of Congress. And with the ...

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Senate Testimony on Yemen

over 4 years ago

Greg is testifying before the Senate today, along with several others. Here is the link to get the transcripts, and there is also video. I have been watching it, and Sen. Kerry doesn't seem to start talking about Yemen until the 25-minute mark. I just spoke with Greg, and he will be blogging ...

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Unforgivable Blackness

over 4 years ago

Enough time and thought has been spent on the philandering of Tiger Woods, so I don’t want to follow the crowd. From my visual perspective, the most interesting part of this soap opera is the transformation of an extremely likeable, vastly marketable American of color into a sexually charged punch ...


Outsourcing Space

over 4 years ago

A federal aerospace panel has warned that NASA could face serious safety issues if it carries out plans to rely on private companies to send its astronauts into space in the future. “The Obama administration has been devising a plan to outsource a chunk of its manned space program to private ...


“Secret Racism”

over 4 years ago

“Shankar Vedantam, a science writer with the Washington Post, uses [famously racist] Michael Richards in his new book, ‘The Hidden Brain,’ to illustrate the way he believes our unconscious can betray us -- and reveal biases we wouldn't even acknowledge to ourselves. Vedantam uses a wide array of ...