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

Have Atheists Gotten Lazy?

July 27, 2014, 12:16 PM

What's the Latest?

While theism continues to unite the vast majority of the world's population, westerners of a certain age have never before accepted atheism with such enthusiasm. Buttressed by popular figures like Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens--who were in equal measures outspoken and entertaining--today's atheists paint an easy target, portraying religion a system that competes with science to explain the existence of natural phenomena. The problem, says Nick Spencer, author of the new book Atheists: The Origin of the Species, is that religious figures do not view religion this way. Indeed serious religious thinkers have never treated religion as an explanatory device akin to science but as a way to understand human existence more broadly.

What's the Big Idea?

Perhaps you know a proud atheist; perhaps you are a proud atheist. Perhaps you also enjoy reading Nietzsche and revel in his brilliance and enthusiasm for a God-less world. The problem, says Terry Eagleton, is that Nietzsche is stark in his description of such a world. "Nietzsche realized that the Enlightenment project to reconstruct morality from rational principles simply retained the character of Christian ethics without providing the foundational authority of the latter...and no amount of Dawkins-style hand-waving about altruistic genes will make the problem go away. (Indeed, the ridiculous belief that our genes determine everything about human behavior and culture is a symptom of this very problem.)"

Read more at Slate

Photo credit: Shutterstock



Have Atheists Gotten Lazy?

Newsletter: Share: