Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson claims the title "scientist" above all other "ists." And yet, he says he is "constantly claimed by atheists." So where does he stand? “Neil deGrasse, widely claimed by atheists, is actually an agnostic.”
Richard Dawkins, the most famous "atheist" on the planet, has argued "the existence of God is a scientific hypothesis like any other."
Ziggy Marley tells Big Think that smoking marijuana is "a very spiritual, sacramental, private thing." But hemp, he says, can save the planet.
Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, is calling upon Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney to denounce the Mormon tradition of proxy baptism. What the heck is a proxy baptism?
Francis Fukuyama argues the intensity of conflict during the Warring States period in China created incentives for people to abandon kinship-based relationships in favor of new, merit-based institutions. This led to the formation of the State as we recognize it.
Bruce Beuno de Mesquita’s Selectorate Theory explains how bad behavior is good politics. Unfortunately, well-intentioned foreign aid could be enabling bad policies and bad politicians to remain in power.
Internet expert Jonathan Zittrain tells Big Think that the free and open culture inspired by the Internet has empowered anyone with a “shred of artistic talent” to participate in Internet free culture. Now, that free culture could be limited by Congress and the Internet is fighting back.