Life-changing learning from Big Think: Be first, be early, be better.

Big Think Edge offers access to world-class experts.

  • Become a powerhouse thinker and doer. Sign up for Big Think Edge.
  • Experts like Malcolm Gladwell, John Cleese, Sallie Krawcheck, Daniel Kahneman, Gretchen Rubin, Bryan Cranston + more, teach high-value skills that helped them succeed.
  • Sign up now to experience mentorship like never before.

Become a better you – personally and professionally

Want to be more creative? Or more rational? A better team player, or a more skillful leader? However you want to enrich your mind, we will boost the skills you need to become a more well-rounded thinker and doer.

You're a VIP now.

Big Think Edge is a video learning platform that has only ever been available at top-tier organizations like the NBA, Citi, and UBS. Starting on March 30, we're opening our expert-driven video lessons to the public.

You'll get mentorship like never before.

Subscribers to Big Think Edge learn from the very best. Grow from the wisdom and success of Malcolm Gladwell, John Cleese, Amy Cuddy, Sallie Krawcheck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Alda, Daniel Kahneman, Larry Summers, Simon Sinek, Gretchen Rubin, Nick Offerman, Charles Duhigg, Shane Battier, Stanley Tucci, Gretchen Carlson + more.

You will thrive.

Our videos are short form and are created by instructional designers for maximum impact. Lifelong learning is now a pursuit made easy.

Boost your creative intelligence

What radically differentiates humans from even the most cutting edge machine intelligence is creativity. We have an ability, apparently unique in nature, to imaginatively break apart and reassemble the world in novel ways. While some are born with more natural talent in one creative area or another, creative thinking is a teachable skill. A set of skills, in fact, from intuition-testing to improvisation to collaborative brainstorming. With Big Think Edge, you'll learn them from the best, including John Cleese, Sharon Salzburg, Daniel Dennett, Barbara Oakley + more.

Boost your emotional intelligence

In every area of life and work, emotional intelligence is the key to understanding ourselves and connecting with others. Through empathy, great leaders can nurture the best in each employee or use storytelling to bring a company together in pursuit of a grand vision. By recognizing the vast differences between individuals, team members can avoid misunderstandings and forge better working relationships. Whatever we're trying to achieve, we're stronger together than alone, and emotional intelligence is the social glue. In this Big Think Edge learning path, you'll work with powerful tools for developing it.

Boost your analytical intelligence

Analytical thinking fuels better decision making, problem solving, and organization, but our brains aren't always geared for rationality. To quote behavioral economist Dan Ariely, they can be "predictably irrational". That's good news—by combining insights from probability theory, cognitive science, and even the great Sherlock Holmes novels of Arthur Conan Doyle, this learning path will help you predict and overcome your own irrational tendencies and boost your analytical intelligence.

Boost your professional intelligence

Your professional life depends upon self-knowledge, habit building, strategic thinking, and the ability to collaborate with a wide range of personalities. It's the invisible double-major of adult learning. In this learning path, you'll learn from some of the world's most successful thinkers how to use data to track and boost your own performance, how to treat your career as an ongoing work-in-progress, and how to eradicate bad habits and master winning ones.

Become a better manager

The art of management is a delicate balance of psychological awareness, organization, and delegation. When these elements are synchronized (and if you'll bear with the reference), it's a bit like a Jedi using The Force—you're both in control and letting things happen naturally. But unlike The Force, there's nothing mystical about it; a great manager trains separately in skills like collaborative intelligence, self-management, and team building. With the help of master teachers from Harvard Business School, the Navy SEALs, NASA, and the upper echelons of business consulting, this learning path will teach you all these skills and more.

Become a better leader

Great leaders are masters of influence-at-scale. They communicate, inspire, and shape company culture without unnecessary turmoil or wasted energy. But the idea that leadership qualities are a birthright rather than the fruits of a career-long learning process couldn't be more misguided. Leaders aren't born, they're made—by standing on the shoulders of giants such as those you'll meet in this learning path.

Become a champion woman, or a champion of women

It's no secret: in spite of over a century's progress toward equality, women still face discrimination and unique challenges. From sexual harassment, to social conditioning toward perfectionism, to simply being taken seriously by men, women are still in the position of having to fight for what they deserve. This learning path is a roadmap to contingency planning, self-advocacy, and career success. Designed for and taught by powerful women, it offers the tools to build financial security, confidence, and the presence you need to realize your dreams—all of them.

Plants have awareness and intelligence, argue scientists

Research in plant neurobiology shows that plants have senses, intelligence and emotions.

Getty Images
Surprising Science
  • The field of plant neurobiology studies the complex behavior of plants.
  • Plants were found to have 15-20 senses, including many like humans.
  • Some argue that plants may have awareness and intelligence, while detractors persist.
Keep reading Show less

Vaping changes blood vessels after one use, even without nicotine

E-cigarettes may be safer than traditional cigarettes, but they come with their own risks.

John Keeble
Surprising Science
  • A new study used an MRI machine to examine how vaping e-cigarettes affects users' cardiovascular systems immediately after inhalation.
  • The results showed that vaping causes impaired circulation, stiffer arteries and less oxygen in their blood.
  • The new study adds to a growing body of research showing that e-cigarettes – while likely safer than traditional cigarettes – are far from harmless.
Keep reading Show less

Space is dead: A challenge to the standard model of quantum mechanics

Since the idea of locality is dead, space itself may not be an aloof vacuum: Something welds things together, even at great distances.

  • Realists believe that there is an exactly understandable way the world is — one that describes processes independent of our intervention. Anti-realists, however, believe realism is too ambitious — too hard. They believe we pragmatically describe our interactions with nature — not truths that are independent of us.
  • In nature, properties of Particle B may be depend on what we choose to measure or manipulate with Particle A, even at great distances.
  • In quantum mechanics, there is no explanation for this. "It just comes out that way," says Smolin. Realists struggle with this because it would imply certain things can travel faster than light, which still seems improbable.
Keep reading Show less