Former Managing Editor, Big Think
From 2011-2014, Daniel Honan was the Managing Editor at Big Think. Prior to Big Think, Daniel was Vice President of Production for Plum TV, a niche cable network he helped launch in 2002. The production team he oversaw won over two dozen Emmy awards. Daniel has created numerous shows and documentaries for television, and his film credits include Stealing the Fire, a documentary on the black market for nuclear weapons technology.
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We're moving into an era in which we'll understand how to induce creativity.
Here’s the best idea you’ll hear today that you will also wish you thought of yourself. Just as Internet users contribute their ‘cognitive surplus’ to build sites like Wikipedia, international […]
The SOPA movement shows us how traditional power structures are being turned on their head to create a future that is significantly more democratized, distributed and universal.
Charles Murray has designed a quiz he hopes will have "a salutary effect on bringing to people’s attention the degree to which they live in a bubble that seals them off from an awful lot of their fellow American citizens."
If you're a tennis fan, and a fan of Rafa Nadal in particular, the last seven months probably felt like the period in rock n' roll history in which Elvis was in the Army.
According to Celebrity Apprentice star Penn Jillette, Daniel Kahneman's book Thinking, Fast and Slow could double as a producer's handbook for reality television.
Full citizenship is the idea in which all members of society see themselves as change agents.
Do we think it is possible for kids to learn to read on their own? A dispatch from a big bold idea in progress.
In order to nurture effective collaboration, Mayer, like any CEO, needs to manage collaboration, and eliminate distraction. That begins with the wisdom of knowing the difference.
Is American Exceptionalism "the old whiskey bottle we pull off the shelf when we're feeling down?"
The elite are not necessarily the wealthy but the people who run the country. And they live in almost a different world from the rest of us.
We might like to think that we have completely original minds, but we are easily influenced by others and have an "unknowingness" of how our "human mind meld" works.
The fear of death. That’s how a friend of mine who works in television described the essential ingredient of hit reality shows like Ice Road Truckers. That’s why people watch. […]
We are very good at generating data. We are just learning how to utilize it, but the mobile health revolution is one of the most promising applications we have seen in this field.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson argues that we need to break out of our "A-to-B thinking" in order to bring big, audacious ideas into existence.
Some time in March a puff of white smoke will rise over St. Peter's Square. Will it signal a Pope from Africa?
After September 11, 2001, Congress gave extraordinary powers to the executive branch to combat terrorism. Is the pendulum finally swinging back?
“The nest of wickedness is ablaze,” reads the caption in a newly released video from North Korea’s official website, Uriminzokkiri. The video, which features a chilling misappropriation of “We Are the […]
Nothing is a physical concept, because it’s the absence of something. "What we’ve learned over the last hundred years," Lawrence Krauss says, "is that nothing is much more complicated than we would’ve imagined otherwise."
Ed Koch, the quintessential New Yorker, was once asked to define the people of his city. “To be a New Yorker,” the former three-term mayor replied, “you have to live […]
Do you want to learn to play the guitar? Speak Spanish? Lose weight? Then set aside $100 of your pretax income to donate to the Westboro Baptist Church.
Why the harp? Why not, answers Gillian Grassie, who says she was raised by “Quaker hippie parents in the woods without television.” While picking up the harp may not have been […]
New crowdsourcing techniques can be used in amazingly constructive ways. Alternatively, these same techniques may be used as tools that exploit human labor and utilize it for evil purposes.
There are plenty of people who are single and frustrated, unhappily married, or, on the other hand, happily divorced. What matters most is how they prepare their minds.
Despite the fact that an estimated one million patients use marijuana as medicine every year, the U.S. has restricted research on marijuana. In other words, we don't know conclusively what its dangers and benefits are.
Lawrence Krauss argues for differential pay scales for teachers with advanced training in science and math to accommodate the free market.
A new report by the World Economic Forum says we must spend $700 billion annually to wane ourselves off fossil fuels that have been linked to a rise in extreme weather-related disasters in recent years.
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I know I’m not the only one who had to search the Internet to find the channel number for OWN, the poorly-rated network Oprah Winfrey launched in 2011. My sudden […]
There are recognizable patterns of behavior and personality traits that we can look for to give us insight into Lance Armstrong's reckless actions, so that this whole affair might be a so-called teachable moment.