What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

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.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close

Weekend Coffee: October 21

October 21, 2012, 9:11 AM
Coffee

Some links from the last week:

• As you may have heard, my good friend and awesome secular activist Greta Christina was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. It's fully treatable, but she needed some help to cover her living expenses while she recovers, and the atheist community came through in spades, meeting and exceeding what she had hoped to raise in barely 24 hours.

• Dinesh D'Souza, the well-known Christian apologist, showed up at a conference last week with a much younger woman whom he introduced as his fiancée, despite the small fact that he's still legally married to someone else. J.T. Eberhard digs up the requisite hilariously hypocritical quotes from D'Souza's past writing on the sanctity of marriage.

• On Twitter, some bigots tried to start a hashtag, #SignsYoSonIsGay, with the kind of ignorant homophobia you'd expect. I'm pleased to say that supporters of equality took it back. Here's my contribution.

• I'd heard of Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota football player who became an unlikely advocate for marriage equality, but until now I hadn't known just how brilliant and badass he is. And I don't even watch football!

• Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for wanting to go to school, is making an impressive recovery.

• A second federal appeals court, this one in my home state of New York, rules that DOMA is unconstitutional.

• Anti-free-speech religions stick together, as Pope Benedict supports the Russian Orthodox church's decision to have the punk band Pussy Riot charged and imprisoned for blasphemy.

• The famously irreverent comic George Carlin will have a New York street named after him, despite opposition from the church.

• In the midst of the European financial crisis, the church in Italy is losing some of its property tax exemptions.

• A Missouri preacher's seemingly anti-gay rights sermon has a surprising twist.

Image credit: Or Hiltch

 

Weekend Coffee: October 21

Newsletter: Share: