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We're thrilled to be bringing The Floating University to Big Think: It's some of the most vital, timely, and mind-changing video content anywhere on the Web.

We're thrilled to be bringing The Floating University to Big Think: It's some of the most vital, timely, and mind-changing video content anywhere on the Web.


Technology has been changing how knowledge is commodified and distributed for decades now, but education has been slow to adjust (much to its own and peril — and that of its students). So instead of taking out thousands of dollars in student loans, or to get a jump start on the education you wish you'd had, begin watching these amazing one-hour lectures by some of America's most talented thinkers, investors, artists, and leaders.

We'll be introducing each video specifically in the coming weeks, but to get you started, we've gone ahead and put all the videos here. That's the foundation of an Ivy League education on a single page — because we think knowledge can change a person's life, and it would be a shame to keep that knowledge locked away. These videos are pretty amazing! We hope you agree.

Here's our first one, featuring demographer and mathematical biologist Joel Cohen.

Californians are showering out of buckets so they can water their garden! That's just one way populations are putting pressure on natural resources.

Stand up against religious discrimination – even if it’s not your religion

As religious diversity increases in the United States, we must learn to channel religious identity into interfaith cooperation.

Sponsored by Charles Koch Foundation
  • Religious diversity is the norm in American life, and that diversity is only increasing, says Eboo Patel.
  • Using the most painful moment of his life as a lesson, Eboo Patel explains why it's crucial to be positive and proactive about engaging religious identity towards interfaith cooperation.
  • The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the Charles Koch Foundation, which encourages the expression of diverse viewpoints within a culture of civil discourse and mutual respect.
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NASA's idea for making food from thin air just became a reality — it could feed billions

Here's why you might eat greenhouse gases in the future.

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Technology & Innovation
  • The company's protein powder, "Solein," is similar in form and taste to wheat flour.
  • Based on a concept developed by NASA, the product has wide potential as a carbon-neutral source of protein.
  • The man-made "meat" industry just got even more interesting.
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Where the evidence of fake news is really hiding

When it comes to sniffing out whether a source is credible or not, even journalists can sometimes take the wrong approach.

Sponsored by Charles Koch Foundation
  • We all think that we're competent consumers of news media, but the research shows that even journalists struggle with identifying fact from fiction.
  • When judging whether a piece of media is true or not, most of us focus too much on the source itself. Knowledge has a context, and it's important to look at that context when trying to validate a source.
  • The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the Charles Koch Foundation, which encourages the expression of diverse viewpoints within a culture of civil discourse and mutual respect.
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