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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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Don’t Fight, Play

March 12, 2010, 6:36 AM
Talented ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro says the traditional Hawaiian instrument, which he learned to play at just 4 years of age, could make the world a less violent place to live in. "I've always believed it's the instrument of peace," he told CNN, "because if everyone played the ukulele, this would be a much more peaceful place." Shimabukuro achieved fame via YouTube after he posted videos of himself playing cover versions of Beatles’ songs, most notably "While my guitar gently weeps," which has achieved more than 4 million views. He also told CNN he is inspired by different martial arts and really enjoys being able to make big, complicated sounds with a small instrument. Talking about playing his two-octave string instrument he says: "You can't help but smile. You play one chord, and it makes everyone in the room smile." He likens it to the infectious sound of children laughing.

Don’t Fight, Play

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