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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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E-Readers: Future or Fantasy?

almost 5 years ago

Technology and media bloggers have been quick to declare the death of print, both in newspaper and book format. The bold new future will come to us through e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle, they say. Do the promoters of these devices really know what the public wants or are they happy to cash in on ...

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The G-Spot Guru

almost 5 years ago

Dr. Beverly Whipple is widely recognized as the scientist who popularized the G-Spot. She came by Big Think today to speak for a special series we'll be launching in November. Whipple talked about everything from female masturbation to ejaculation, and answered questions about the anatomy of an ...

Waq al-Waq

Public Event

almost 5 years ago

In my continuing efforts to turn Waq al-waq into my own personal calendar - it tends to work better than the plastic bags and scraps of receipts and newspapers I use for notes in Yemen - I am linking to the following event from the New America Foundation and the NYU Center on Law and Security in ...

Daylight Atheism

The Case for a Creator: Another Non-Authority

almost 5 years ago

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 6 Chapter 6 of Case is about the cosmological fine-tuning argument, but before I get to that, I want to say a few words about Strobel's next choice of interview subject. The interviewee in chapter 6 is Robin Collins, another prominent ID advocate. Granted, the ...


Do Muslim Lobbyists Pose a Threat?

almost 5 years ago

During the presidential campaign last year, a woman told Sen. John McCain at a town hall meeting that she couldn’t trust then Sen. Barack Obama because she had read that he was an Arab. McCain replied that while he had disagreements with Obama, she shouldn’t be afraid of him, because he was a ...

Mind Matters

How's the Water?

almost 5 years ago

Want to help protect your region's sources of fresh water? Or find out the results of the latest water-quality tests for the stuff you're drinking? If you live in the United States, now you can, easily.   Just go here. Hat tip to Eric Baard for this site.