The Definition of an Idea
You’ve probably had millions of these in your lifetime, but maybe you haven’t had a chance to share your ideas with the world outside of your college professors, drinking buddies, and coworkers. Here’s your chance.\n\nIdeas posted on BigThink.com can take the form of a question or a statement. You can, of course, interpret that however you wish, but bear in mind that by submitting an idea, you’re entering it into the public sphere. Sure, some of your ideas will be greeted with hearty hurrahs, but others might be met with strident disagreement. But that’s the fun of it. Enough preaching to the choir, enough ideological isolationism. We want to pull you into a lively and challenging debate.\n\nSo what ideas qualify? Anything goes, really. It can be something you read and thought was interesting, or something you might bring up in conversation or over dinner with friends. Or you can think of it this way: what do you know that you think others should, too?\n
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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