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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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Cognitive Bias

The Big Idea for Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Being smart doesn't mean you aren't just as vulnerable to a wide array of biases and fallacies. So learn to recognize them. And then what?

In today's lesson, David McRaney, author of You Are Not So Smart, tells us how "humbling epiphanies" can be rewarding, even deeply pleasurable. He writes:

"There is a vulnerability that you must accept once you start to unravel the biases, fallacies, and heuristics. The story you tell yourself to explain yourself is imperfect. Your personal narrative is bent and twisted and inaccurate, and that's beautiful because it's true for all of us."



  1. 1 You Are Not So Smart and You Are in Very Good Company
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 Rationality in Action: Look at a Problem as an Outsider
    Julia Galef
  3. 3 Thinking, Fast and Slow...About Staying Alive. What Kahneman's Classic DOESN'T Include.
    David Ropeik Risk: Reason and Reality
  4. 4 Why Can't Reason and Imagination Just Be Friends?
    Jason Gots Think Tank

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