What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

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.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close

Bill Nye to Climate Change Deniers: You Can’t Ignore Facts Forever

August 7, 2014, 2:44 PM
Bt_nye_8-7

Is the age of climate change deniers over? Let’s hope so. Because we’ve got serious work to do. If we no longer need to debate whether the Earth is flat, then we no longer need to entertain the possibility that man is not making an unsustainable impact on the planet. From the plastic seas swirling in the oceans to our depleting rainforests to killer storms, the evidence that we’re abusing the Earth can go on and on. At this rate, future generations will hate us, if they ever get the chance.

Luckily, the BBC took a stand against climate change deniers: reporters and producers were told to stop giving airtime to people wanting to spew lies against proven climate science. Bill Nye, a scientist and educator who stands up to the climate change deniers' war on facts, welcomes the BBC’s commitment to report responsibly. In the below interview clip with Big Think, Nye discusses his famous debate with climate change denier Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee who raised around $200,000 from the oil and gas industry in her campaign for re-election.

Nye explains why the rest of media must follow the BBC’s lead on banning deniers and instead focus on solutions to climate change:

It's not that the world hasn't had more carbon dioxide, it's not the world hasn't been warmer.  The problem is the speed at which things are changing.  We are inducing a sixth mass extinction event kind of by accident and we don't want to be the extinctee, if I may coin this noun.  So, I mean as far as Miss Blackburn, sounded like she had been coached on denial bullet points or talking points.  And I very much enjoy taking those people on, but meanwhile it breaks my heart because we got work to do.  And the fossil fuel industry has really gotten in their ears and it's really troublesome.  We're the world's most technically advanced country, or if the U.S. isn't the most technically advanced it's certainly in the top ten.  I mean you could say Japan, New Zealand are very sophisticated societies.  But the U.S. is where iPhone's are invented, what have you, the Internet; it's still a significant place. And so to have a generation of science students being brought up without awareness of climate change is just a formula for disaster. 

For more on Nye’s discussion on why we must put facts before politics and special interest groups and instead focus on diffusing the ticking time bomb humans created, watch this clip from Big Think's interview:

 

More from the Big Idea for Monday, August 11 2014

Fighting Climate Change

Bill Nye, everybody's favorite "Science Guy," says enough of climate change deniers. The Earth is not flat. And humans are making a dangerous impact on the environment. And it has reached crisis l... Read More…

 

Bill Nye to Climate Change ...

Newsletter: Share: