Kevin Dickinson is the Learning Curve columnist at Big Think and Big Think+, which focuses on the intersection between education, psychology, and science. He holds a master’s in English and writing, and his articles have appeared in Agenda, RealClearScience, and the Washington Post. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter @KevinRDickinson.
You may not recognize the names, but these seven scientists have improved the lives of people the world over.
Is the appendix a useless organ, an immune system benefactor, a Parkinson's disease instigator, or all of the above?
Can algorithms use collective knowledge to make us all internet explorers?
Electrons show chemists how to see more with less.
Is microdosing magic truffles a way to unlock your creative potential? That's long been anecdotal, but the evidence is coming.
The natural world evolved many pop culture frights long before storytellers used them to terrify us.
People often say, "I'm just not a math person," but the truth is that no one's brain is hardwired for math.
Feeling the urge to scare yourself this Halloween? Here are seven important horror films you have to see.
Sticklers, pedants, and English teachers love to correct your grammar, but they can put their red pens down when it comes to these six folk errors.
The age-old question, finally answered. Kind of.
The FIRE movement believes frugality is key to retiring in your 30s; others think the movement is about privilege more than prudence.
Kayne West's tweet that the United States should amend the 13th Amendment brought renewed attention to a flaw in its language.
Easter eggs have been hidden in video games since Atari's Adventure; now Google search has hidden an entire adventure game.
With the death of Markeis McGlockton, the debate over stand your ground laws has reignited. Proponents believe they make us safe, while opponents claim they encourage vigilantism. While a consensus may be inconclusive, studies suggest such laws aren’t as effective as their drafters intended.
Flat Earth theory has enjoyed staying power since at least the 19th century despite being patently untrue. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the late Carl Sagan, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and other big thinkers will show you how to disprove this bad idea, all without having to take a journey into space.
Millennials are killing everything great about our society including…divorce?
Twenty years ago, Nintendo asked America to try to catch 'em all. We still haven't (legitimately) captured a Mew.
For any business or organization, it’s essential to an organization’s success to create an environment that encourages personal growth and having a growth mindset. In a Harvard Business Review (HBR) […]
NASA scientists have discovered three factors that influence Earth's rotational wobble. Thankfully, while the Earth may wobble, it won't fall down.
Explore how alcohol affects your brain, from the first sip at the bar to life-long drinking habits.
U.S. Supreme Court justices receive lifetime appointments to the bench, but many wonder if indefinite terms do more harm to our legal system than good.
Many of our greatest fears stem from uncertainty about the future, and technology has made the future very uncertain indeed.
The best self-directed learners use these seven habits to improve their knowledge and skills in any subject.
On Sept. 2, a fire spread through Rio de Janeiro’s National Museum, devouring the historic building and most of its 20 million culturally and scientifically important items. We look at nine priceless artifacts and collections likely lost in the blaze.
Crazy Rich Asians is the first film to feature an all-Asian cast in 25 years. It is also a bonafide success, both financially and culturally. Inspired by its fanfare, Big Think looks at seven other films that shook American society.
The ICARUS Initiative aims to track migratory animals from space using special transmitters and antennae. The data retrieved from the project will help us conserve biodiversity but has the potential to promote human well-being and prosperity, too.
With the tegu’s successful occupation of Florida’s ecosystems, a new study predicts that this invasive species could potentially spread across the southern U.S. and into Mexico. But these voracious lizards are just another incident in our devastating history of invasive species.
Is it a super-secret place for the global el33t? Or is it just a bunch of n00bs masquerading as true h4x0rs?
Job hopping can be a smart career move for many employees, but only if they do it right. Here's how.
Truth is, dinosaurs aren’t as distinct as you may think, but to find out why, we first have to consider how we got the term “dinosaur.”