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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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Anti-Disciplinary Learning

The Big Idea for Monday, February 03, 2014

Ours is an age of specialization, where people are encouraged to go as deep as possible in their individual fields. T

his is not conducive, however, for collaboration. In order to effectively collaborate, MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito argues, you need to be able to go at least deep enough in another field in order to understand the nuances and recognize opportunities for cross-incubation. 

And so in today's lesson, Ito looks at how we can mitigate the isolating effects of specialization and create a common space where brilliant people in every field can share ideas. 


  1. 1 The World Has Deep Areas of Expertise. We Need Agility and Context
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  2. 2 The Future of 21st Century Science: Tearing Down Knowledge Silos
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  3. 3 A Conversation with MIT Lab Inventor & Composer Tod Machover
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  4. 4 Scientific Trends to Watch
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Anti-Disciplinary Learning

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