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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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The New York Times Website Will Charge You Money

almost 5 years ago

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Senate Testimony on Yemen

almost 5 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

almost 5 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 ...


What A Twitter

almost 5 years ago

Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates is finally living up to his computer-aficionado status and has joined Twitter – attracting 2008 followers per minute on his first day.