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This week in comments: February 12th—February 18th, 2018

What do Finland, religious animals, the American economy, fish, and Walmart have in common? They were all part of our comments of the week. Did you make the cut?

This week in comments: February 4th—February 12th, 2018

We've got the biggest comments. The best comments. You're going to have such good comments that you're going to be sick of how good these comments are. Believe me. 

This week in comments: January 28th—February 4th, 2018

Comments are the lifeblood of internet discussion. Here's some of the best one from this week. Did you make the cut? 

This Week in Comments: January 21st—January 28th, 2018

Another exiting week of commentary. Some real winners this week. Did you make the cut? 

This week in comments: January 14th—January 21st, 2018

Another week, another wild round of comments from our Facebook audience. Some made us laugh. Some made us cry. Here's the best of the week. 

This Week in Comments: November 26th—December 3rd, 2017

It's that time again. Are you ready to throw down the wit-gauntlet and put those potently chucklesome or chin-strokingly insightful words to fingertips? 

This Week in Comments: November 12th—November 19th, 2017

Wow. Such comments. Much deep pondering. Witty banter and great points abounded this week. Did you make the cut? 

This Week in Comments: October 22nd—October 29th, 2017

From gun control to fun control, these were Big Think's most excellent comments of the week. Be excellent to each other! 

This Week in Comments: October 15th—October 22nd, 2017

How much free will do you actually have? This week's Comment of the Week is fantastic and raises an interesting debate. What do you think? 

This Week in Comments: October 8th—October 15th, 2017

Another week, another fine selection of witty and wonderful comments from our Facebook page. Did you make the cut? 

This Week in Comments: October 1st—October 8th, 2017

Another week, another fresh batch of comments straight out of the Facebook. Did you make the cut? 

This Week In Comments: Aug 28th—September 3rd, 2017

Another week, another chance to stick our comment-boots on and wade out deep into the Big Think Facebook page to cherry pick our favorites for the week. 

This Week In Comments: Aug 20th—27th, 2017

Another week, another selection of the wittiest and most chin-strokingly interesting comments from our Facebook audience. 

This Week In Comments: Aug 7th—13th

Another week, another fine selection of comments. 

This Week In Comments: Aug 1st—7th

Another week, another fine selection of comments. 

This Week In Comments: July 24th—31st

Did you win our Comment Of The Week? Only if you're funny, eye-opening, and informative. 

This Week In Comments: July 17th—23rd

Every week one of our brave editors dives deep into the Facebook comment section of our articles to mine for gems. Here's the best, most thought provoking, and wittiest comments of the week. 

How Genetic Is Intelligence?

Some recently unearthed data sets allowed scientists to examine how genetics affect cognitive decline as part of the aging process. Genes are influential but not determinative.

How Diversity Sparks Creativity

Despite the fact that people with diverse social networks score higher on creativity metrics, we mostly prefer homogeneity, sticking close to people like us when we attend social events.

Is Exercise the Key to Immortality?

Exercise is practically essential to good health but scientists have not understood why until recently. Physical exertion, it seems, helps recycle worn-out proteins that poison the body.

New Autism Definition Will Exclude Many

Under the first major modification in 17 years to the manual that defines mental disorders, definitions of autism, Asperger syndrome and developmental disorder will be brought together.

Mobile App Helps Diagnosis Heart Attacks

A new mobile app that securely sends video and audio to cardiologists has helped diagnosis patients before they get to the hospital, meaning they receive better care when they arrive.

Cohabitation Healthier than Marriage?

People in a romantic relationship are generally healthier than those who are not. But when it comes to marriage, just living with your loved one, without the certificate, may prove healthier.

Research of Deadly Bird Flu Virus Put on Hold

A 60-day moratorium has halted international research that produced a more communicable strain of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, the full findings of which will be reported only to scientists and health officials.

Can Satire Aspire to Leadership? The Case of Stephen Colbert

Can the comedian's critique of campaign finance make a difference or is it too easily dismissed as comedy? Today, Colbert urged South Carolina to vote for Herman Cain, who is no longer running.

Zimbabwe's Star Entrepreneur: Divine Ndhlukula

From insurance broker to farmer to head of one of the country's largest security firms, this female entrepreneur learned a great deal while mastering the male-dominated security business.

How Twitter Can Benefit Your Business

The customer service benefits to using Twitter have become apparent to companies large and small. Michele Obama and Rupert Murdoch are the latest individuals to fire off tweets.

How to Sell Your Great Idea

If you've got an idea, you've got to know how to sell it. Here is a simple guide to presenting your vision to investors, customers and colleagues.

Start a Business for Under $500

Need a little extra cash and want to make money doing something you love? Here are fives simple businesses you can start on the side and let grow while you keep up with your other life.

One Step Closer to Fusion Energy

French physicists have successfully prevented instabilities from developing in plasma needed to run a fusion reactor, a potential source of endless and clean energy for the planet.

Apple & the Ivy League: Reinventing Education

Today, Apple announced its new e-book software. Stanford and MIT are offering its courses online—and for free. It looks like the information revolution is about to change education as we know it.

How Big Data Will Disrupt Health Care

The information age has already touched most industries, disrupting the flow of goods and services. With the ability to track and aggregate massive amounts of patient data, health care is next.

How to Predict Future Technology

New York Times technology columnist David Pogue says to predict future technologies, focus on what is possible rather than what isn't, and extrapolate from the behavior of young people.

Open-Source Robot to Perform Surgery

A new surgical robotdeveloped by the army for use on battlefieldsis light and relatively cheap. It also uses open-source software so it can be adapted to different medical uses.

Here Comes the Smart City

What will tomorrow's cities look like? They will be models of energy efficiency everywhere from the home to the city's infrastructure. Investment in new technology is set to boom.

China Sets CO2 Emissions Limits

China is continuing to take strong action to avert climate change by making its economy more efficient. The country's carbon emissions will soon be linked to its GDP growth.

Breaking News: Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

In response to a federally mandated deadline of February 21, the Obama administration has rejected a Canadian company's application to build an oil pipeline that crosses US territory.

Space: The Final Battlefield?

As China develops its civilian space program, many of the same technologies could be used to weaponize satellites, challenging the US in space. But is that just paranoid speculation?

Time Itself Is About to Be Unhinged

The international body that controls decisions over how to count time may decouple atomic clocks from the movement of the Earth around the Sun. That could mean problems down the line.

Apple Ready to 'Digitally Destroy' Textbook Publishing

Thursday, January 19 is when Apple will announce its development of new educational technology. User-friendly interactive electronic textbooks could seriously disrupt the publishing business.

Is Digital Technology Burying the Middle Class?

By privatizing facets of general knowledge via intellectual property laws, digital technology is transforming society's hierarchy. Now salaried employees are protesting against capitalism.

With Gatsby, Can 3D Come of Age?

Australian director Baz Luhrmann wants to take 3D films past gimmickry into a new cinema of intimacy. In making "The Great Gatsby", he faces the double challenge of adapting a formidable novel.

Mobile Payments Will Soon Replace Cash

By 2016, the lines that separate online shopping from actual shopping will be erased and the world will have its first 'cashless generation' as demand for paper currency wanes.

How the Digital Age Has Changed Memory

Today we are remembering less information than ever and our memories are online for all our friends to see. But remembering is a personal eventdo we want to experience it collectively?

Is Israel Still Playing the US off Iran?

Recently disclosed intelligence memos tell of how Israel's intelligence agency impersonated CIA officers during the Bush administration, making Iran think that the US was killing its citizens.

Ghana: An African Success Story

UN aid programs that encourage the development of local communities and their economies help create self-sustaining families, cities and countries. In 10 years, Ghana could be off aid.

China Now Counterfeiting Fine Wines

Infamous for its refusal to enforce patent laws, China's ever-resourceful knock-off artists have uncorked a lucrative new business: bottling phony high-end wines in old French bottles.

Does Democracy Work Anymore?

Democratic institutions seem too slow to respond to long-term crises and too quick to react to market pressures, substituting the stock ticker for the ballot box. Is there any alternative?

Why Does America Dislike Europe?

Writing from Paris, Nicholas Kristof wonders why some of the GOP candidates are decrying Europe. There are serious financial problems, to be sure, but the society is healthier than America's.

When Teamwork Stifles Creativity

Collaboration is the new buzzword. Open offices and brainstorming sessions purport to outperform the antiquated lone wolf. Yet solitude remains essential to creativity, say researchers.

Eyes Are the Windows to the Brain

Who a person is relates to how they move their eyes, says cognitive scientist Dr. Aaron Risko. New eye-tracking technology is giving researchers more insight into how someone thinks.

How (Fallible) Memory Makes the Self

Many studies have shown how fallible our memories are, from the errors of eyewitness accounts to the gullibility of childhood memories, but does that mean who we think we are is a lie?

How to Boost Your Willpower

If you are already toe to toe with your New Year's resolution, gritting your teeth is not the best way to overcome the temptation to cheat. Understanding your willpower's limitations is essential.

Web Addiction Rewires Your Brain

Web addicts have brain changes similar to those hooked on drugs or alcohol, preliminary research suggests. A new study carried out in China examined the brains of Internet addicts.

Good Food, Good Cognition

A study that looked at biomarkers in the blood to correlate vitamins and brain function found very clear links between nutrition and brain health, says Alice Walton at the Atlantic. 

Will DIY Biohacking Revolutionize Medicine?

Entrepreneurs in the biotech industry say innovation is budding, just like the personal computer 30 years ago. They've set up shop in Silicon Valley so can history repeat itself?

Diabetes: Personalized Medicine's Next Hurdle

After advancements in treating colon and breast cancers using personalized medical regiments based on an individual's genetic code, researchers are looking to tackle diabetes.

Nanomicrophone Listens to Bodily Cells

The most sensitive listening device ever has been created from a gold sphere just 60 nanometers in diameter, which may allow scientists to hear the body's cells for the first time.

Exercise Hormone Prevents Obesity and Diabetes

A newly discovered hormone, produced by the body during exercise, is enabling scientists to better understand how exercise works at the cellular level to prevent diseases like obesity and diabetes.

Welcome to the Post-CEO World

As world markets become more connected and complex, the vision of a single person is no longer sufficient. Retaining the CEO-based company model could threaten future innovation.

How to Make a Business a Great Place to Work

When Matthew Swyers started his Web-based law firm, he took note of how Google, Starbucks, Zappos and video game makers made their office a great place to work. Then he realized...

Why You Shouldn't Go to Business School

If you want to start your own company, a startup incubator may have more to offer than an MBA program. Incubators are cheaper, can help you start your business faster and give you seed money.

How Big Companies Innovate

Big companies cannot afford to rest on their laurels so, besides buying up smaller ones, they must continue to innovate. Here are three case studies from Starbucks, Amazon.com and UPS.

Leadership Styles of GOP Candidates

Whatever you think of the candidates' personalities, they have led a lot of people and solicited a lot of money to get where they are. Here is what their leadership styles are like.

The Race for the $1,000 Genome

Not everything at the Consumer Electronics Show is a quirky gadget. The announcement of new genome sequencing technology edges toward a medical benchmark: the $1,000 genome.

Social Search Pits Google Against Twitter

A new search tool debuted by Google further incorporates social networking into the everyday Internet experience. Twitter is worried its news results will get less attention as a result.

Smartphone Cars Are the Future

The trend at this year's Consumer Electronics Show is connectivity. Car makers want to integrate your smartphone into their autos, paving the way for automated driving.

3D Printing Moves Beyond the Prototype

Once limited to making one-off prototypes, 3D printers are advancing rapidly. Already they are used to make durable airplane parts and may be used to revolutionize architecture.

$35 Computer On Sale Soon

A British company has begun manufacturing a fully functional computer expected to retail for $35. With an easily-hacked operating system, the goal is to inspire computing innovation.

Oil Lobby: Campaign Donations Depend on Keystone Pipeline

A new study is out that shows the influence of the oil and gas lobby over Congress, especially when it comes to approving the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf.

First Private Spaceship Will Dock at ISS

This February, the International Space Station will receive its first privately-built visitor, an unmanned Dragon capsule built by SpaceX, which eventually will carry astronauts aboard.

The Hunt for Exoplanets Intensifies

Building on work of the Kepler mission, which has discovered Earth-sized exoplanets, NASA is funding three new projects that will carry our search for habitable worlds even further.

Once Unthinkable, Space Tourism Has Arrived

By 2017, buying a ticket to space will be like 'scheduling a flight to L.A.', say members of the airline industry. Flights to space are scheduled to take off this year from a spaceport in New Mexico.

Peter Higgs: The Man Behind the Higgs Boson

The Scottish physicist has lent his name to one of the most well-publicized physics experiments in history. The search for the Higgs boson would support physic's Standard Model.

The Web Address Gold Rush

A new realm of Web addresses will be opened this week where almost any word can be used as a domain name. Looking to sell, digital entrepreneurs are racing to buy up the best names.

Big Tech Show Will Feature Small Advances

While the International Consumer Electronics Show shows used to control the flow of new technology to the public, companies like Apple and Amazon now hold their own events.

Social Networks Facilitate Surveillance, Terrorism

The old balance between liberty and security is being played out online. The availability of social network data facilitates state and corporate monitoring as well as more nefarious communication.

Cameras Are Dead, Long Live Smartphones

Sales of point-and-shoot cameras fell off a cliff last year and the spike in smartphone use is to blame. The use of social networks to share photos online has made smartphones more convenient.

Hand-Cranked Tablet Computer

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, more than 50 new tablet computers will be introduced, but only one is designed to bring education to the world's poorest countries.

Capitalism: Reject or Retool?

Neither, says Larry Summers, former Treasury Secretary and president of Harvard. In these tight times, health, education and social protection are the industries most in need of reinvention.

Canada Emerging as Global Powerhouse (No, Seriously)

Our neighbor to the north is quickly finding itself beneath a new spotlight as a world energy power. Attempts to finalize pipeline deals to export crude from Canada's tar sands have begun.

Iran Standoff Goes Global

As the European Union discusses an embargo against Iranian oil, the US has sanctioned its central bank. The US is also asking for Chinese assistance in stopping Iran's nuclear program.

China's Revolutionary Stability

Despite an average of 500 protests a day, mostly against local government officials, China as a whole remains remarkably stable. Protesters draw the line at questioning Beijing's rule.

How New Central Banks Rule the World

The global recession has ushered in a new era of central banking. The once opaque institution now makes public projections far into the future and Europe likes the US model. 

Why You Won't Keep Your New Year's Resolution

By the end of January, a third of everyone who has made a New Year's resolution will have stopped. By July, more than half will lapse. But knowing why could keep you on the right track.

Men & Women Are Different Species, Psychologically Speaking

Men and women exhibit big personality differences after all, says new research from a British University. The results come from an analysis of 10,000 Americans ages 15 to 92.

America's New National Psychology, Mid-Recession

A series of polls conducted over the last three years shows that, in the midst of the Great Recession, Americans are resilient, wary, and divided but most still believe in the power of hard work.

How to Build a Better Brain

Recent research confirms there are concrete steps you can take to increase your intelligence. And thanks to the brain's neuroplasticity, scientists now believe it is never to late to start.

Cognitive Decline Starts at 45

The forgetfulness and clouded reasoning normally associated with ancient grandparents may kick in earlier than thought, according to a new study which says mental decline begins at age 45.

Becoming an Empowered E-Patient

As healthcare providers increasingly store your medical records electronically, new opportunities are presented for patients to take responsibility for their health. Here's how.

Prostate Screening Does More Harm than Good

Screening for prostate cancer does more harm than good confirms a followup study to the eye-opening 2009 report that said longevity benefits associated with screening come at a high risk.

The Oldest Humans Have Mundane Genes

Contrary to scientists' expectations, the genes of individuals who live to be over 110 years-old are pretty normal. At the genetic level, supercentarians are just like everyone else. 

Why Placebos Work So Well

More and more research suggests there is more than a fleeting boost to be gained from placebos. A change in mind-set about your health can create powerful physical changes.

Exoskeletons Will Replace Wheel Chairs

A company that makes exoskeletons that enable people with spinal cord injuries to walk has begun selling their product to medical institutions in the US to be used in physical therapy.

Why You Shouldn't Burn the Midnight Oil

In everyone's vision of a start up company, there is a group of energetic hardcore employees who work 24/7 and sleep at the office. But that's only one way of doing it, says entrepreneur Sara Sutton Fell.

Gossip, or How to Ruin a Business

Leaders beware. Nothing can claim more tainted professional reputations, destroyed friendships, and polluted corporate cultures than gossip, says business consultant Mike Myatt.

Facebook: The Ultimate Focus Group?

Facebook can be used as an important business tool, especially when it comes to getting customer feedback. Some companies specialize in turning friends and followers into focus groups.

Is 2012 the Year to Start Your Business?

It's now year five of the economic downturn and you are still thinking of starting a business. Is now the right time? What you may need more than anything to succeed is courage and commitment.

What All Innovators Have in Common

By studying the world's most innovative leaders and businesses, a new book shares what behaviors are common across the spectrum of our time's most creative and disruptive thinkers. 

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