Big Think Partners with the Hudson Union Society
Big Think is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Hudson Union Society, which we hope will be a mutually beneficial arrangement to help foster our shared goal of engaging the public with the thoughts, ideas and experiences of experts and distinguished luminaries.
The Hudson Union Society invites trailblazers from the fields of entertainment, government, business, military, and science — actor Anne Hathaway, Prime Minister David Cameron, economist Thomas Friedman, and General Wesley Clark to name just a few— to share their perspectives in an intimate setting, encouraging a style of discourse rarely found in the main stream media, save for here at Big Think, of course.
As a token of Big Think's optimism about the arrangement, we would like to offer new visitors from the Hudson Union Society's mailing list a 50% discount to the Floating University's first course, Great Big Ideas, using discount code HUDSON. Great Big Ideas is "an entire undergraduate education while standing on one foot" delivered by an all-star cast of today's most respected and well-liked academics and practitioners, such as linguist Steven Pinker, physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, investor Bill Ackman — an intellectual feast for students and life long-learners alike.
We also invite Big Think visitors who live in the New York area to visit the Hudson Union Society's website, where they'll find an extraordinary lineup of speaking events, film premieres, and mixers over the coming months.
A study on flies may hold the key to future addiction treatments.
- A new study suggests that drinking alcohol can affect how memories are stored away as good or bad.
- This may have drastic implications for how addiction is caused and how people recall intoxication.
- The findings may one day lead to a new form of treatment for those suffering from addiction.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
As the world gets hotter, men may have fewer and fewer viable sperm
- New research on beetles shows that successive exposure to heatwaves reduces male fertility, sometimes to the point of sterility.
- The research has implications both for how the insect population will sustain itself as well as how human fertility may work on an increasingly hotter Earth.
- With this and other evidence, it is becoming clear that more common and more extreme heatwaves may be the most dangerous aspect of climate change.
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