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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.

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The Cosmic Perspective

The Big Idea for Saturday, May 25, 2013

Science can be depressing. The more we learn about ourselves and our relationship to the universe, the smaller we get. And yet, if we feel depressed, Neil deGrasse Tyson argues in today's lesson, that is the product of an unhealthy ego. 

Having a cosmic perspective should strengthen and empower you, Tyson says. Even as you feel smaller, you are simultaneously bigger as well. So how can this perspective be applied to your life? In his Mentor workshop, Tyson teaches us how to recognize and seize big opportunities, set lofty goals that keep you challenged and growing and much more. 


  1. 1 A Cosmic Perspective is Empowering, Not Depressing
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Big Think Mentor
  2. 2 The Power of Cosmic Thinking
    Daniel Honan Re-Envision
  3. 3 Time Pretzels, Cosmic Music, and the Theory of Everything
    Michio Kaku
  4. 4 Andrew Cohen Explains Cosmocentrism
    Andrew Cohen

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