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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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When Maps Stare Back: IJsseloog and Makian

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7 days ago

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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14 days ago

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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21 days ago

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 ...

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Italy, Embiggened and Encircled

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28 days ago

Why is Italy so big? And why is it fenced in on three sides? The map itself offers very few clues, but nothing piques the interest like a good old treasure hunt. Even if the treasure is our understanding of the map itself.  First clue: the title. L'Italia nei mari translates as 'Italy in the ...

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Kentucky Fried Britain

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about 1 month ago

As Scots go to the polls to determine their future, one oracle has already decreed that independence is inevitable: Englishman Terry O'Neil discovered this piece of chicken in his KFC meal, and was struck by its resemblance to the contours of Britain -- minus Scotland.