What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

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.

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.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close
With rendition switcher

Transcript

Question: Are there awards for beer?

Garrett Oliver: It really depends on what it is. You have the Great American Beer Festival which is very legitimate. The thing to realize, of course, is that they are 78 categories in which you judge beer at the Great American Beer Festival, so if you are basically, you won the gold medal in kind of the watery American industrial beer category then well I guess you won the gold medal in that category. You are the best watery industrial American beer in the United States. People can be proud of that, but it's not, it's kind of like if you had a if you had a category for like the McDonald’s-style burger. Who makes the best of that type? Do you want a winner or don’t you? Well, people who are doing it sure they want to win, so then aside from that though, you can make up the name of 50 different contests and whoever heard of them or whatever else and you enter everything. I guess you can win something you say we won whatever and yeah who knows what that is? And that is one reason like we don’t we go out and tell people about what who we are and what ever else, we want a lot a medals at the Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup, etc, but, you know, we don’t talk about that stuff. I mean sure it is fun and we like it, but me I think I confuses the issue I mean what it really has to do with its, is the beer good? Does it taste good? Is it consistently and are we giving you what we promised and I think that we are the shiny little things they are great to get, but it is not really what we're about so much.

Question: What is your best advice for a hangover?

Garrett Oliver: Well, the best cure for a hang over is to avoid drinking too much especially you will find, you are not there yet, but the older you get, the scarier your hang over, and they are longer and they stick around so. I try to avoid them at all cost, that is said if it does happen I find out that the greasy baked egg and cheese sandwich is the and a very good cup of coffee is about is and as much of water as possible was about well as we are going to do and think strongly upon on your sense there after and try to avoid it next time around. I will tell you some thing the most people do not know which is that there are few things worst in the world and going to work in a brewery with a hang over, so if you ever think that you had a hang over before try, try having a hang over and have in to go work in the brewery the next day and I promise you, you will never do it again or at least you will do your best never to do it again.

Question: Any recommendations for where to get a good hangover breakfast?

Garrett Oliver: Of course if you have a real hang over you might not want to leave your house, but it is a good reason to have some baking, some eggs and cheese on hand of all times, in the case you have to make this your self, but there is a great little daily I got a black in a half of from me and it is been at least a year since I had to use that particular service of this but by the time you get that and you had a nice big cup of coffee, unless you have done yourself horrible damage, you are pretty well repaired.

 

Recorded On: 3/25/08

 

 

 

 

 

Garrett Oliver: The Best an...

Newsletter: Share: