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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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People, Courts Challenge Berlusconi

Berlusconi
over 4 years ago

Days after protesters took to the streets in Rome and Barcelona against Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his grip on Italian media outlets, the Italian courts have issued their own challenge to his authority. Berlusconi and his government are much maligned in the European press, so ...

Waq al-Waq

The Forest for the Trees (Updated)

Missing
over 4 years ago

In recent days there has been a series - does three equal a spate? - of articles on the attempted assassination of Muhammad bin Nayif, which I have written about and blogged about (some would say to an unhealthy extent) earlier. But instead of focusing on what the attack means the articles are ...

Mind Matters

Where Thrill-Seekers Are Made, Not Born

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over 4 years ago

What causes people to act as they do -- the way they're made, or the way they make, as they go through life? Often in the mind sciences, stable traits (what you are) or changing situations (what you are doing) are set against each other as explanations for our habits and follies. Practically ...

Undiplomatic

Why Are We Cutting Pakistan Another Check?

Pakistan
over 4 years ago

Um, why is Washington cutting Pakistan another check after it was revealed that only $500 million out of previous $6.6 billion package actually went toward fighting Taliban and other terrorists? Obama appears determined to continue the Bush administration’s failed policies of the past, even as the ...