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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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Rethinking Love and Commitment

8 months ago

We absolutely need to rethink love and commitment.  60 years ago was when we decided that men had to be monogamous too.  Men were not monogamous.  For all of recorded human history men had concubines and whores and 60 years ago straight relationships began to become more egalitarian and it was less ...

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The Power of Not Knowing

8 months ago

Humility in the face of the unknown - that was my experience growing up gay and as a Catholic.  My sexuality brought me into conflict with what I had been taught about the way the world worked, who God was and instead of latching onto some other bullshit explanation, instead of finding a ...

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Face it: Sex is in Charge of You

about 1 year ago

The most common misconception about sex is everyone thinks that they’re in charge of sex when sex is in charge of you.  Sex existed on this planet hundreds of millions of years before homo sapiens came along and it will exist long after we’re gone and sex runs our lives.  We don’t run sex.  It ...

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Ignore the BS in the Bible

about 1 year ago

We ignore the bullshit in the Bible about race, about slavery.  We ignore the bullshit in the Bible about women.  We ignore the bullshit in the Bible about women should be killed on their wedding nights if they’re not virgins, that parents have a right to murder their disobedient children ...