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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.

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Question: Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic about the way the world is headed?

Josh Lieb: I . . . I guess I’m pessimistic. It’s . . . I don’t . . . It’s cliché to be a . . . a sad, funny guy. Ha-ha. You know so I’m not . . . I wanna have kids. You know I’m not that pessimistic. I think we’ll be fine. There’s . . . I think there’s a lot of good people working to make the world better. It’s not just . . . You’ve made me pessimistic in this conversation just sort of talking about all the crappy stuff. But there are a lot of really smart, good people working out there to make the world a better place. And you know inventions to clean this and to feed that. And so . . . and to cure that disease. So . . . and . . . and . . . and you know let’s not fool ourselves. The way we live is happier and more fulfilling than anyone has ever lived in the history of humanity. I mean we just . . . I . . . I can . . . I can take a shower every morning. It’s nice. As much hot water as I want. How dreamy is that, you know? King Solomon, you know, would have . . . would have cut off his arm for such a luxury, you know? And yet we can almost all do that. So I . . . I . . . I do . . . We are . . . Things are good, and they are getting better. So I’m an optimist. I take it back.




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