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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 Death of Deep Reading

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over 1 year ago

We’re going to see what we almost always see with new gadgets, which is the makers of them compete on how many new features they can put into the device.  So we’ll see multi-functional e-readers, e-readers that will allow you to have social networking going on when you read, that allow much more ...

Going Mental

The Genius Process

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over 1 year ago

We have this notion that great geniuses or creative people like an Einstein or a Da Vinci or Steve Jobs – these people are born that way as if it’s a genetic thing that they have some kind of chromosome that makes them more talented.  And it’s just a bunch of nonsense.  This kind of mastery comes ...

New World Order

Startup Entrepreneurs: Brazil Wants You

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over 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? With two major global events coming up -- the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics -- now sounds like a good time for the Brazilian government to announce a startup accelerator program. The country's Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is offering ...