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: Is China's rise our downfall?

Richard Armitage: Well they would say it's the call to peaceful development because "rise" sounds a little militaristic. It is the case that when exist … historically, that when existing powers try to accommodate a rising power, there is some dislocations in the tectonic plates that undergird security and economic landscape. It is not necessarily the case that the peaceful development or rise of China will be to our detriment because the rising tide can raise all boats. The real question is whether China wants to join the United States on the world stage – and God knows there’s enough heavy lifting to go around – or whether China feels that it’s a zero sum game; and that for them to complete their peaceful development that the United States has to exit stage right. I don’t think China has made up their mind on that. I don’t think anyone knows. In the Middle East, … certainly very vulnerable in Asia, something that has given all our Asian friends something to think about. They’ve tried to make a lot of inroads into Africa and into South America recently. In the Middle East, they are not interested in pushing Iran very much harder because they have such a huge need and thirst for energy. They do have a special relationship with Pakistan, and we’re … responsible for the nuclear weapon. But they don’t have enormous, enormous influence on the other states of the Middle East.

Recorded on: 9/14/07

More from the Big Idea for Monday, September 26 2011

 

Is China's rise our downfall?

Newsletter: Share: