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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

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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: Settled Science

The Big Idea for Saturday, December 01, 2012

"If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants," Isaac Newton said. In other words, science is based on building blocks. One theory leads to the next. That is why Bill Nye, in a Big Think video that went viral on Youtube, argued that parents should not prevent their children from learning Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, "the foundation of all life science."

Nye says we need today's children to become tomorrow's scientists and engineers. Denial of evolution, therefore, would hold everyone else back. That is why Nye says evolution needs to be regarded as settled science and taught to everyone as part of the 21st century core curriculum.

And yet, teaching evolution is not an easy task. After all, our sense of time -- as measured by our own lifespans -- makes evolution a difficult concept to grasp. We can see it happening in front of us. Therefore, in a follow up to his viral video, Bill Nye shares some of the tools he thinks are most effective in teaching evolution. 


  1. 1 Bill Nye and Pat Robertson Agree on What?
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 Science Versus Faith…Versus Fiction?
    Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
  3. 3 Are faith and reason incompatible?
    Rick Warren
  4. 4 The Fact of Evolution
    Richard Dawkins

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