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The Big Think Pumpkin Carving Contest

There are many ways to transmit big ideas - through videos, through the written word, or as the title of this blog attests, through pictures that are worth more than 1,000 words.

EDGE Big Thinkers Miss a BIG Worry

Getting risk wrong leads to dangers all by itself, and we will remain vulnerable to these mistakes until we let go of our naïve post-Enlightenment faith in reason and accept that risk perception is inescapably an affective system, not just a matter of rationally figuring out the facts. 

Happiness and the Pursuit of Happiness

One of my favorite BIG THINKERS, Dave Berreby, criticizes our Declaration of Independence.  Here’s the Declaration’s theory:  We have the right to life, and we have the right to the […]

Marriage and Reading as Elite Customs

One thing that distinguishes us conservatives from libertarians is that we’re actually worried about growing inequality in America. We’re not that obsessed by the bare fact of economic inequality, but […]