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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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Today’s Big Idea: Science as Spirituality

The Big Idea for Wednesday, December 26, 2012

In the absence of a creator, or a set of religious codes to help us make sense of the universe, what holds us together? With increasing numbers of young people self-identifying as areligious, and at the same time pursuing environmental and humanitarian causes with vigor, the question is more relevant than ever.  

From ancient Buddhist practices designed to focus the mind to transhumanist theories to a view of scientific curiosity as spirituality, thinkers worldwide are taking systemic approaches to the question of how to build a meaningful life without the idea of a cosmic puppeteer.



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  2. 2 What Is Dark Matter?
    Michio Kaku Dr. Kaku's Universe
  3. 3 The Poem That Dragged Us Out of the Dark Ages
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  4. 4 What’s Dark Matter? And Other Physics Mysteries
    Lisa Randall

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