Think Again: A Big Think Podcast

We surprise the world's brightest minds with ideas they're not at all prepared to discuss. Check out our promo and subscribe now. Episode 1 launches 6/20/15.

Think Again: A Big Think Podcast

UPDATES (6/10/15): THINK AGAIN is a "New and Noteworthy" featured podcast on iTunes, and has reached #33 in iTunes Podcasts, ahead of blockbusters like The Tim Ferriss Show and The Joe Rogan Experience. 


We have officially launched Episode Zero of Think Again, a podcast from Big Think. Episode Zero gives you a preview of what our full series — launching June 20th — will be like. In it, we surprise some of the world's brightest minds with ideas they're not at all prepared to discuss. With host Jason Gots and special guests Henry Rollins, Bill Nye, Jane McGonigal, Jason Silva, and many more...

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‘Designer baby’ book trilogy explores the moral dilemmas humans may soon create

How would the ability to genetically customize children change society? Sci-fi author Eugene Clark explores the future on our horizon in Volume I of the "Genetic Pressure" series.

Surprising Science
  • A new sci-fi book series called "Genetic Pressure" explores the scientific and moral implications of a world with a burgeoning designer baby industry.
  • It's currently illegal to implant genetically edited human embryos in most nations, but designer babies may someday become widespread.
  • While gene-editing technology could help humans eliminate genetic diseases, some in the scientific community fear it may also usher in a new era of eugenics.
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Designer uses AI to bring 54 Roman emperors to life

It's hard to stop looking back and forth between these faces and the busts they came from.

Meet Emperors Augustus, left, and Maximinus Thrax, right

Credit: Daniel Voshart
Technology & Innovation
  • A quarantine project gone wild produces the possibly realistic faces of ancient Roman rulers.
  • A designer worked with a machine learning app to produce the images.
  • It's impossible to know if they're accurate, but they sure look plausible.
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A psychiatric diagnosis can be more than an unkind ‘label’

A popular and longstanding wave of thought in psychology and psychotherapy is that diagnosis is not relevant for practitioners in those fields.

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Mind & Brain
When I was training as a clinical psychologist, I had a rotation in a low-cost psychotherapy clinic.
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Spinal cord injury breakthrough makes paralyzed mice walk again

Scientists regenerate damaged spinal cord nerve fibers with designer protein, helping paralyzed mice walk again.

The paralyzed mice started to walk two to three weeks following treatment.

Credit: Lehrstuhl für Zellphysiologie
Surprising Science
  • Researchers from Germany use a designer protein to treat spinal cord damage in mice.
  • The procedure employs gene therapy to regenerate damaged nerve fibers that carry signals to and from the brain.
  • The scientists aim to eventually apply the technique to humans.
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Ten things you may not know about anxiety

Cold hands and feet? Maybe it's your anxiety.

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