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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 Value of Self-Paced Learning

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about 1 year ago

There are two layers to self-paced learning, from a Khan Academy point of view. One is the videos that students can watch at their own pace, and there’s also the exercise portion which the students get to complete at their own pace.   I have learned that there is an academic term for this ...

21st Century Living

1, 2, 3, 4, I Declare A Cyberwar

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about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? One of the many cyberwarfare projects coming out of the US government carries the intriguing title "Plan X." DARPA has already spent over $5 million on preliminary studies involving some of the country's best-known game developers and special effects houses, and ...

Going Mental

Why We Resist Our Inner Calling

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about 1 year ago

The archetypal hero’s journey, which shows up in myth and core stories from cultures around the world, begins with a first phase where a hero hears a particular call, a call to go on a journey, a call to make a particular achievement.  Step two is resisting that call. Resistance is actually a part ...

Earth and Beyond

Could There Be Life On Jupiter's Moons?

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What's the Latest Development? While Curiosity and its older cousin Opportunity traverse the Mars landscape, some scientists believe there may be likelier locations for extraterrestrial life. To this end, the European Space Agency is leading an internationally-supported mission titled Jupiter ...