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

Dog Owners Less at Risk for Heart Disease

May 11, 2013, 3:23 PM
Walking_the_dog

What's the Latest Development? 

The American Cardiovascular Association, the nation's largest heart health organization, recently told Americans that owning a dog will likely decrease their risk of contracting heart disease. "People who own dogs certainly have more reason to get outside and take walks, and studies show that most owners form such close bonds with their pets that being in their presence blunts the owners' reactions to stress and lowers their heart rate, said Dr. Glenn N. Levine, the head of the committee that wrote the statement." Most of the evidence, to be sure, is observational, meaning it is possible that healthy people are more likely to own dogs in the first place.

What's the Big Idea?

While the ACA typically publishes more esoteric findings with respect to disease research, the organization felt that enough progress had been made on those fronts to comment publicly on the importance of lifestyle changes in maintaining good health. "Dr. Richard Krasuski, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, viewed the new statement as an indictment of societal attitudes toward exercise. 'Very few people are meeting their exercise goals,' he said. 'In an ideal society, where people are actually listening to physician recommendations, you wouldn’t need pets to drag people outside.'"

Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

Read it at the New York Times

 

 

Dog Owners Less at Risk for...

Newsletter: Share: