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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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Going Mental

Free Will is a Cognitive Illusion

Freewill
4 months ago

All of human behavior is incredibly complex and it’s influenced by heredity and culture, but the evolutionary argument is particular potent because, first of all, it reminds people that we’re animals.  And this has implications for people’s conceptions of free will because the more deterministic ...

Earth and Beyond

Bringing Sunlight To Windowless Rooms

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5 months ago

What's the Latest Development? University of Cincinnati researchers Jason Heikenfeld and Anton Harfmann have designed a system, SmartLight, that captures sunlight and channels it to make less-well-lit rooms much brighter. It works by manipulating the surface tension of fluid embedded in tiny ...

New World Order

Bye-Bye, Buses; Hello, Driverless Pods

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5 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Milton Keynes, a town about 45 miles northwest of London, is preparing to become the first municipality in England to have a public transportation system consisting entirely of 100 self-driving electric pods. Customers can order and pay £2 (about US$3.20) for a pod ...