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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

Christian Missionaries Are Doing God's Work

Dabanner
almost 5 years ago

By Sarah Braasch I leaned over to one of my teammates. "Why are there so many fat, white people on the plane? We're going to Ethiopia. We're flying Ethiopian Airlines." "They're missionaries," she responded, completely uninterested. "What?" I gasped. It had never occurred to me. I was ...

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A Stimulating History

Vibrators
almost 5 years ago

Rarely has so much buzz surrounded a Big Think guest. It was our pleasure today to have historian of technology Dr. Rachel Maines in to discuss her bestselling 1999 volume, "The Technology of Orgasm: 'Hysteria,' Vibrators and Women's Sexual Satisfaction," as well as her participation in a recent ...

Politeia

Not a Man of Doctrines

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almost 5 years ago

After President Obama's recent speeches—one at West Point proposing sending more troops to Afghanistan and one accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo—commentators have been quick to articulate the "Obama Doctrine" at their base. But Obama is not a man of doctrines. Unlike his predecessor, he ...

Resurgence

Bankers In A Fog

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almost 5 years ago

There was no small amount of irony in the fog that delayed the flights of the Wall Street bankers scheduled to meet with President Obama this morning. For many Americans, this particular band of corporate chieftains has been in a fog about the public’s perception of their recent return to ...