December 31

21st Century Living

Monday’s Big Idea

Big Ideas for 2013: Optimism

The occasion of a new year or perhaps, say, a birthday, can bring about terror as much as it can bring about optimism for the future. Are we one step closer to death or one step closer to fulfilling our destiny with these occasions? 

The answer is all in your mind. 

Humanity needs a healthy dose of optimism as we look forward to 2013. And today at Big Think we are happy to feature one of the most optimistic speakers we know of, Jason Silva, who today provides a welcome shot of optimism espresso for the new year. 

 

  1. 1 The Promise of a New Year Defeats...
  2. 2 The Optimism of Melancholia
  3. 3 The Stockdale Paradox: How Optimi...
  4. 4 Optimism is a Self-Amplifying Fee...
   
  1. The Promise of a New Year Defeats the Fear of Death. A Shot of Optimism from Jason Silva

    The Promise of a New Year Defeats the Fear of Death. A Shot of Optimism from Jason Silva

    How can we humans, who fear death so greatly, ever hope to defeat our existential malaise? According to Jason Silva, it is "by creating beauty and order and complexity."

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  2. The Optimism of Melancholia

    The Optimism of Melancholia

    The philosopher on why Melancholia is actually an optimistic movie.

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  3. The Stockdale Paradox: How Optimism Creates Resilience

    The Stockdale Paradox: How Optimism Creates Resilience

    Just as POWs developed a method to communicate by tapping a code through their cell walls, Dr. Dennis Charney says we all need a tap code to enable us to share feelings with people we can count on. 

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  4. Optimism is a Self-Amplifying Feedback Loop

    Optimism is a Self-Amplifying Feedback Loop

    The filmmaker and futurist explains his belief in the self-reinforcing power of optimism.

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