Big Think's Sexy New Look
As you have probably noticed, BigThink.com has undergone several cosmetic changes today, all intended to enhance your reading and viewing experience. We hope you like it, but we're not done yet. This visual refresh is the first step in a process that will unfold in the coming days, weeks and months.
Some things you will notice over time is BigThink.com will become more mobile-friendly, and you'll also find greater clarity about what this site is all about: a forum where top experts explore the big ideas and core skills defining the 21st century.
Stay tuned. In the meantime, we'll leave you with the musings of one of our favorite Big Thinkers—the artist Julian Schnabel—who reflects on the usefulness and limitations of the Internet, revealing, in the process, his philosophy about art and the role of the artist in our digital age.
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The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.
- Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
- The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
- The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Research by neuroscientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory helps explain how the brain regulates arousal.
The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.
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