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Chris Hadfield
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What if education were engaging for every student?

OpenStax reimagined textbooks and saved students $1 billion. Now is a moment to reimagine even more. How can education help students learn more, better, and faster?

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  • In 2012, I founded OpenStax as a then-radical solution to the Great Recession: Why not make college textbooks free for students? And why not make them open-licensed?
  • Now we are faced with COVID-19, another crisis of enormous scale—and one that is once again underscoring the harsh inequities in our communities and accelerating the existing gap between the haves and the have-nots.
  • Student engagement and open education are the next frontiers that innovators must address if we want education to live up to its promise as the great equalizer.
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Freedom fighting, writing, and microdosing LSD

Join New York Times best-selling author Maria Konnikova as she leads this special edition of Big Think Live.

Step inside the minds of two of the most exciting and dynamic writers of our times.

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Perhaps all atlases should be this subjective

To get a sense of faraway places, these 'atlases' let the locals give you their perspective.

Image: Subjective Atlas, reproduced with kind permission.
  • Most atlases are terrible: nothing more than glorified road maps.
  • These 'Subjective Atlases' offer bottom-up views of places, provided by people who actually live there.
  • Each of the 12 atlases so far is unique, and surprising – but don't expect to drive by them.
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The best graphic novels for young scientists and thinkers

The visual languages of comics and graphic novels are great exercise for developing brains.

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  • In addition to being fun, studies have shown that the visual language of graphic novels stimulates the brain in ways that complex text can.
  • For some readers, information is easier to process through images than it is through text alone.
  • These graphic novels are great for getting young readers into philosophy, technology, and other scientific narratives.

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Use your isolation downtime to start your writing career

Sheltering at home doesn't mean you can't master your craft.

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