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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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Welcome to the World in Mind

The Big Idea for Sunday, March 11, 2012

Introducing our newest contributor, Kayt Sukel! In a video interview with Big Think, she discusses the new frontiers of neuroscience. For the first time in modern history, researchers are studying both the male and female of a species, a groundbreaking approach that gives us insight into biological sex distinctions in the brain. (Just as there are differences downstairs, there are differences upstairs, says Sukel). In her first post for her blog, World in Mind, she questions whether what we've come to know as goofy adolescent behavior might be hardwired. Perhaps it is a simple disconnect between two key brain circuits, she admits, though she takes issue with the idea of interpreting adolescence as some sort of deficiency in kids, framing it instead as a fundamental part of the learning process. Finally, Big Think contributor Brian Hoffstein interviews Barry Schwartz, a psychologist who's taking a critical look at neuroscience as a field--and who argues that we all should be more critical of the results of scientific studies. 


  1. 1 Dirty Minds: The Neurobiology of Love
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  2. 2 Introducing the World in Mind: A New Blog at Big Think
    Kayt Sukel What's New at Big Think
  3. 3 What's Right With the Teenage Mind?
    Kayt Sukel World in Mind
  4. 4 Is Brain Science Just Hype?
    Brian Hoffstein Devil's Advocate

Welcome to the World in Mind

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