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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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Daylight Atheism

Photo Sunday: Parabola

almost 5 years ago

This photo is from my trip to St. Louis last weekend, taken from the base of the famous Gateway Arch. Besides the sheer scale of the structure, I was attracted to its stark, geometrical shape - almost like a mathematical equation in the form of a building. In the enlarged version, you can see the ...


Separating The Piggy Bank From The Casino

almost 5 years ago

It looks like Paul Volcker’s pleas are finally being heard in the Obama Administration. Volcker, a past Fed Chairman, has been advocating for a tighter rein on financial institutions since Barack Obama took office. But other voices, including those of Larry Summers, ex-Harvard University president ...

Waq al-Waq

Some Lite Blog News

almost 5 years ago

This is the last time I'll be doing this, but I have a column up on the internet. This one is not about Yemen. I'll only mention them in a main post if they have to do with the main topic of this blog- Yemen, for those of you that stumbled here accidentally- but there is now a link up on the side ...