This Week on Big Think: A Smart Guide to the Working Life

Short of kidnapping your boss or stealing all the loose executive bonus money out there, what are some ways you can survive this job market? Big Think bucks the recession.

It's Darwinian out there to be sure, but it's all the more reason to explore this fascinating time in the way the world works, or doesn't. We'll take a stab at answering:

Is this work-more-for-less mentality really helping anyone?

Are master's degrees worth the paper they are printed on?

Are taller people more likely to be fat cats?

Why is the Texas labor market charging ahead like a herd of steer?

Will Americans march for jobs like the rest of the world?

If there are any other areas thinkers want covered, let us know.

Car culture and suburbs grow right-wing populism, claims study

New research links urban planning and political polarization.

Politics & Current Affairs
  • Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
  • Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
  • People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
  • 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
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NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller on ​the multiple dimensions of space and human sexuality

Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.

Flickr / 13winds
Think Again Podcasts
  • Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
  • What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
  • Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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