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

The Power of Not Knowing

January 18, 2014, 10:00 AM

Humility in the face of the unknown - that was my experience growing up gay and as a Catholic. 

My sexuality brought me into conflict with what I had been taught about the way the world worked, who God was and instead of latching onto some other bullshit explanation, instead of finding a religion that didn’t reject my sexuality, but still had a long bill of nonsense goods to sell, I just sort of backed up and said "What we don’t know we don’t know and people who pretend to know what is not known or knowable at this time are lying and making shit up."

You have to be weary of people who claim to know something they cannot know for sure.  So I've often felt it’s very empowering to acknowledge what you don’t know and to step back and say well we don’t know that yet.  We don’t know that now and so I meet a lot of gay people who went from faiths that rejected them to the faiths that embraced them and I always think that is kind of silly. 

In Their Own Words is recorded in Big Think's studio.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock


The Power of Not Knowing

Newsletter: Share: