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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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Recent Themes

Extreme Biology

Ziggy Marley: Hemp Can Save the World

over 2 years ago

Ziggy Marley tells Big Think that smoking marijuana is "a very spiritual, sacramental, private thing." And yet, hemp, he says, is a greater issue for society to contend with. The industrial production of hemp, which is illegal in the U.S., Marley says can save the planet.  Watch the video here:

New World Order

Your Choice: Work Longer or Die Younger

over 2 years ago

How about this for an argument to raise the retirement age: If you don't keep working, your community could die off.  That's the threat posed by an intersection of biology and economics which could finally make some famous two-hundred-year-old predictions come true.  As the world's population grows ...

Earth and Beyond

A Black Hole in Our Own Back Yard

over 2 years ago

Every Wednesday, Dr. Michio Kaku answers reader questions about physics and futuristic science. If you have a question for Dr. Kaku, just post it in the comments section below and check back on Wednesdays to see if he answers it. Today, Dr. Kaku addresses this question from DeborahC: Astronomers ...