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


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

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers


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

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge


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
With rendition switcher


Question: What are an animal’s rights?


Ingrid Newkirk: I think that if you ask different people you’ll get different results, different answers. But certainly I think we could all agree that what is important to us as feeling individuals, as emotional creatures, which all the other animals . . . They’re not just animals and humans. We’re all animals in this together.

If we took Biology 101, we remember that. It’s that we should be afforded the right not to be treated miserably; not to be hurt; not to be treated with violence; not to be used and thrown away, discarded as if we are an object. The animals need those things too. So it’s not really about material things. It’s about just respecting them individuals; or other nations, as you will, with their own language, with their own culture, with their own way of doing things. Their appearance, the package they come in, isn’t important. What’s important is here’s another individual in front of me. Could be from another country, could be another religion, another race, could be another species. What am I doing to make sure that I am not harming them needlessly?


Recorded on: November 12, 2007



What are an animal's rights?

Newsletter: Share: