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

New Study: How to Overcome Even the Best Poker Face

April 28, 2013, 1:00 PM
Poker_face

What's the Latest Development?

Even professional poker players who have spent careers mastering an expressionless face, no matter the stakes, are apt to indicate the quality of their hand to their opponents. According to a scientific study out of Stanford University, body language is a strong indicator of hand quality even when a player has a straight face. In an experiment, "if a volunteer could see everything about a player from the table up there was no correlation between his judgments of a hand’s value and its actual value. When a volunteer could see only arms and hands, however, [researchers] found a positive correlation, of 0.07, between his guesses and reality."

What's the Big Idea?

To confirm the results of the experiment, a fresh set of volunteers were asked not to rate the quality of the hand but rather the confidence of a player based on his or her gestures while betting. Players who moved smoothly were rated as more confident and this rating corresponded, statistically, to having a better hand of cards. Players with choppy, interrupted movement were rated as less confident and were found to have worse hands. "The moral of the story for players, then, is don’t look your opponent squarely in the eye if you want to know how good his cards are. The secret of his hand is in his hands."

Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

Read it at the Economist

 

 

New Study: How to Overcome ...

Newsletter: Share: