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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.

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What's in a Fossil? The Playbook for Our Future as a Species

December 27, 2013, 11:00 AM

When I say the word fossil most people think "dusty old museum and fossil."  But fossils are incredibly important because they tell the story of this planet in a way that no other object does. 

No matter how good the breakthroughs are in modern science, there’s still a story to be told by the bodies of extinct plants and animals that lived for the last three-and-a-half billion years on this planet.  It’s the history book of our planet and it frames for us the knowledge of how our planet works. 

Now we live on a planet with seven billion people, up from 1.7 billion people three generations ago, four generations ago.  And we are facing a century - the twenty-first century - that’s incredibly interesting and challenging: more people, more need for resources, incredibly rapidly changing technology.  What fossils give us is the playbook of this planet that’s happened before.  And it frames the opportunities we have for choosing our future. 

We are at a point in time now where we actually have the opportunity to choose our future.  The awareness that we can choose our future is new to us as a species. 

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

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