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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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Inventing the Future

The Birth of the Metaspace Economy

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2 months ago

We were in the agricultural era for tens of thousands of years.  We were in the industrial for two hundred.  We were in the post-industrial for forty-five.  In 1992, we moved into yet another phase, which we called the emotile.  And we are now moving into another economy, which we call the ...

21st Century Living

How Teaching is a Noble Calling

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2 months ago

I used to think teaching was a job.  And then I thought it was a profession.  And now I’m of the opinion that it’s a calling.  It’s a very noble calling.  You’re a manager when you’re a teacher. You’re managing a lot of disparate personalities all under one roof and they’re doing many ...

Earth and Beyond

Big History: A Story For Everyone

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3 months ago

When thinking about the story of mankind what comes to mind? Politics? Monkeys? Maybe the use of tools and language; culture, economics, technology… how about fire? Depending on your disposition this notion could pull you in several different directions. It’s a matter of perspective; and though we ...

Extreme Biology

My Best Advice on Quitting Smoking

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4 months ago

If you want to stop smoking here’s the best advice that I could give you.  The first thing I would say is, smoking is actually not physically addictive for very long after you stop smoking.  So we know from studies that about 100 hours after your last cigarette, all of the nicotine is out of your ...