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

Romney Picks Ryan: Golden Boy or Problem Child?

August 11, 2012, 2:16 AM
Paul-ryan

For the second Presidential election cycle in a row, Tim Pawlenty has been passed over. Sorry Tim, you're simply not a "game-changer." Romney is hoping that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is. This is a bold move by the normally cautious Romney.

Ryan, who is a hero to the conservative base and a "conservative policy scammer" according to Paul Krugman, is no safe bet. And yet, just like McCain in 2008, Romney found himself in a position where he looked likely to lose the election based on the current state of the race

What does this "bold" move say about Romney? Does it show his savviness? Is he more of a risk taker than we thought? 

Ryan was always considered the risky choice by political insiders, including many Republicans, and he lacks an affinity with a number of Romney's policy positions, which have been increasingly obscured, to Romney's great detriment, during this campaign. 

And yet, the math may yet work out. 

Here's what Ryan can help with:

-Winning Wisconsin (perhaps more likely)

-Make Rush Limbaugh and others happy (no doubt)

-Energize the Tea Party 

-Leave the campaign with no regrets (If you're losing, why not pull out all the stops?)

On the other hand, there are enormous risks, which Democrats should be expected to fully exploit, notably:

-Ryan is potentially poison to every 50+ voter due to his stance on cutting Entitlements.

Sound familiar? HBO's film Game Change served as a cautionary tale, and Big Think invited its writer, Danny Strong, on to explain what happened the last time the GOP selected a candiate who wasn't ready for prime time. 

Here we go again:

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Follow Daniel Honan on Twitter @Daniel Honan

 

Romney Picks Ryan: Golden B...

Newsletter: Share: