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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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Waq al-Waq

Why Yemen is Interesting

about 5 years ago

No, no- this isn't going to discuss the breathtaking architecture, the astonishing, fascinating history or the diverse and beautiful culture of Yemen. Don't be absurd. Greg and I have analytical diodes where our hearts should be. If you want to read about the above, Tim Mackintosh-Smith has you ...

Daylight Atheism

Barack Obama and Church-State Separation

about 5 years ago

Although the first hundred days of President Barack Obama's term haven't ended yet, this seems like a good time to examine his record in office so far and see how it's lived up to his own campaign pledges and to freethinkers' expectations. These past few months have been a roller-coaster ride ...

Waq al-Waq

Jihadi Forums

about 5 years ago

Anyone else having problems with al-Falluja (not spelled that way in the address)? Of course, this is the problem with following jihadi forums, as the loss of al-Ikhlas last September showed us all. Speaking of al-Ikhlas, I was listening to NPR yesterday and heard this report by Dina Temple-Raston ...