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

Men & Women Are Different Species, Psychologically Speaking

January 8, 2012, 3:30 PM
Man_woman_argue_ss

What's the Latest Development?

Men and women have fundamentally different personalities, says new research from the University of Manchester, in the UK. Based on a personality test of 10,000 Americans aged 15 to 92, the lead researcher Paul Irwing said: "Psychologically, men and women are almost a different species." The test asked individuals to rate their own character according to 15 different personality facets including warmth, emotional stability, dominance, liveliness, social boldness, sensitivity and openness to change. 

What's the Big Idea?

The new findings run counter to past research which concluded that men and women are more emotionally similar than different. Now, one of the researchers who contributed to those studies is taking exception to the British report. Janet Shibley Hyde, a psychology professor at the U of Wisconsin, says men and women may have assessed their personalities in ways that conform to gender stereotypes. She also takes exception to how the data was analyzed, saying the results exaggerate small differences which may exist.

Photo credit: shutterstock.com

 

 

Men & Women Are Different S...

Newsletter: Share: