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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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Frank Jacobs

Author, Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities

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The World (Under Construction)

Croppedtheworld
about 18 hours ago

The World was supposed to be finished years ago. But the financial crisis of 2008 slowed construction. Work now has resumed on the artificial archipelago off Dubai. However, changing plans and obsolete satellite images make it curiously difficult to find out what The World actually looks like these ...

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Edinburgh, Now in Technicolor

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Edinburgh is the "grey metropolis in the North." It has been for centuries, and thanks to Unesco, the capital of Scotland will keep its dour exterior for the foreseeable future. But couleur locale is all in the mind. This map, by Scottish artist Claire Murray, adds the joyful hues of personal ...

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When Maps Stare Back: IJsseloog and Makian

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I always go for the window seat on airplanes. I say always. To be honest, only recently did it dawn on me: It looks like a map down there! And then, on a recent flight over the Netherlands, I found the map staring back at me. I blinked first. Airplane windows are designed to let light in, not to ...

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40 Ways to Carve Up England

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On 18 September, Scotland voted to stay in the UK by 55% to 45%: a wider margin than most expected, but still close enough to warrant the constitutional re-think promised by Westminster in the run-up to the referendum. This result will finally require an answer to the famous West Lothian ...

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Shrug This! Atlas and the Weight of Heaven

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Ayn Rand almost called her last novel The Strike, but felt that her magnum opus deserved a more symbolic, less descriptive title. She settled on Atlas Shrugged, as explained by this conversation between two of the book's characters: "Mr. Rearden," said Francisco, his voice solemnly calm, "if ...