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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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Women Without Men

August 9, 2010, 7:05 AM
Is the fading dominant male stereotype accurately captured by this summer's films, which exhibit more dynamic gender roles? Are traditional men becoming less relevant to modern families? Caroline Hagood at The Guardian asks whether life has begun to imitate art or is it art imitating life: "Yet, The Kids Are All Right—scheduled for an October release in Britain—marches to a slightly different beat. The real inconvenient truth of our time is not climate change but the confusion that comes with shifting gender roles. Thanks to these sexual category adjustments, we now live in a time when the Atlantic can publish an article entitled 'The End of Men' that charts women's social ascendancy, even as much of the same old sexism is circulating; a time that some label post-feminist, while others say there is still so much work to be done."

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