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


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

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers


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

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge


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

Advocating Humanism In The World's Most Religious Country

November 26, 2012, 7:30 AM

What's the Latest Development?

Last weekend, the Humanist Association of Ghana held a conference in the capital city of Accra, where the focus was on ways that humanism could impact West Africa for the better. According to its site, subjects discussed included promoting human rights for women and gay people, battling religious superstition, and advancing humanism as a "life stance." One member of the group said that humanism "[gives] people a way to say, 'I can make my own decisions and I can think my own thoughts.'...As long as you arrive at whatever decision you take though rational thinking, then you’re on the right track."

What's the Big Idea?

Humanism is not viewed favorably in Ghana, which was recently ranked in a WIN-Gallup poll of 57 countries as the world's most religious. Religion has always played a strong role in public life, to the point where even financial institutions begin their business day with prayer. Although Ghana has experienced a good deal of economic growth in the past few years, most of the country is still poor, and according to one humanist who also identifies as an atheist, "We pray for everything, and if there's a god out there...we should be the most developed." Religion commentator James Yamoah sees nothing wrong with discussing humanism, but "we can’t doubt the fact that the devil is sometimes behind these things."

fstockfoto / Shutterstock.com


Advocating Humanism In The ...

Newsletter: Share: