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

What's German For "Haute Cuisine"?

November 19, 2012, 1:20 PM

What's the Latest Development?

In a move that may surprise those who think of German cuisine as meat-and-potatoes comfort food, the publishers of Michelin Guide Deutschland 2013 have included a record number of two- and three-star restaurants, many of which are applying new techniques to traditional recipes and ingredients. With the new guide, Germany now has more three-star restaurants than any other European country except France, which, as the home of Michelin, has long set gourmet standards. However, as Michelin Guide director Michael Ellis put it, German chefs are "breathing down [France's] neck."

What's the Big Idea?

The heftiness of Germany's food -- which contrasts with the more delicate dishes provided by its western neighbor -- is attributed by one chef to the hardships following two world wars: "People were just happy to have a lot on the plate." In the last few years, cooking shows have become more popular on television, and more shops are opening that cater to gourmets. The simple fact that a growing market for fine dining exists reflects Germany's position as Europe's largest economy: "Three of the 10 three-star German restaurants are in the prosperous southern state of Baden-Württemberg, where companies like Mercedes, BMW and Bosch are based."

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com


What's German For "Haute Cu...

Newsletter: Share: