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Big Ideas for 2013: Optimism

The Big Idea for Monday, December 31, 2012

The occasion of a new year or perhaps, say, a birthday, can bring about terror as much as it can bring about optimism for the future. Are we one step closer to death or one step closer to fulfilling our destiny with these occasions? 

The answer is all in your mind. 

Humanity needs a healthy dose of optimism as we look forward to 2013. And today at Big Think we are happy to feature one of the most optimistic speakers we know of, Jason Silva, who today provides a welcome shot of optimism espresso for the new year. 



  1. 1 The Promise of a New Year Defeats the Fear of Death. A Shot of Optimism from Jason Silva
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Big Think TV
  2. 2 The Optimism of Melancholia
    Slavoj Žižek
  3. 3 The Stockdale Paradox: How Optimism Creates Resilience
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  4. 4 Optimism is a Self-Amplifying Feedback Loop
    Jason Silva

Big Ideas for 2013: Optimism

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