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

Exercise: The Real Fountain of Youth

May 18, 2010, 12:00 AM
Is it true that sex prolongs life? How do you sustain memory and creativity as you age? What is the real fountain of youth?  As more and more Baby Boomers become elderly, there is an increased focus in our society on preserving a better quality of life into old age—and "dying well" when the time comes to go. Patricia Bloom, director of integrative health at the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, sat down with Big Think recently to talk about aging as it relates to lots of things: sex, creativity, exercise, longevity.

Bloom says that exercise is what facilitates healthy aging and a later life without disease. "The good news is that you don’t have to be a marathon runner. People get discouraged, they’re like, well I’ve been a couch potato all my life, but if you even go from the lowest quartile of physical activity to the second to the lowest quartile, you really improve your health status."

Will the fact that Baby Boomers are being forced to postpone retirement affect the population's ultimate health? Bloom thinks it might help the situation: "The silver lining there is, if you have to keep working longer at something that is meaningful to you, that I think is actually good for your health."

Another topic that Bloom touches on is dying-- or the healthy pursuit of the final stage of life. Is there a way to "die well?" Bloom thinks we have a long way to go in terms of relieving pain and suffering in the final phase of life. "We really need to improve on people’s knowledge about and ability to relieve pain and that would change the face of dying as well. There’s great interest in assisted suicide, but it would probably be true that for a lot of patients who were interested in assisted suicide, maybe the point of that decision would change if they had better treatment. If they were more comfortable with the process that they were going through."


Exercise: The Real Fountain...

Newsletter: Share: