Francesca Gino describes how our plans get sidetracked when we are implementing them because "we are too confident in our own abilities."
I assert that if you are depressed after learning and being exposed to the cosmic perspective, you started your day with an unjustifiably large ego.
Ten thousand photo frames across 33 photo landscapes are compressed into this impressive time-lapse video of the Northern Lights.
Misperceptions of China's economy owes to a weakening of U.S. confidence, which has more to do with psychology than reality.
Predictive analytics enables governments and companies to not only predict the future, but also to influence the future.
We are profoundly influenced by our surroundings in many ways that psychologists are now starting to fully understand.
What would people use a 3-D printer at home for? Probably for making things that are consumable that they need on demand.
Tyrants are undone and liberty is won with a good question. We need to build this capacity in ourselves and the people around us.
The evolution of the Web today is happening faster than the transition from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 due to processing power, bandwidth and storage, "creating a curve of exponential change."
Is a CEO promoting aggressive selling as opposed to nurturing long-term relationships with customers? These are the types fo signals that will tell you the real health of a company and its long-term outlook.
Our robotic emissaries are probing space, not humans. Nonetheless, Neil deGrasse Tyson says he is content with living vicariously through the robots for now.
Psychologist Madeline Levine offers savvy advice for courageous parenting at different stages of a child's education.
Uncertainty is problematic because it keeps you frozen still in a fast-paced world. Therefore, in an uncertain world, the value of certainty is paramount.
If there is a growing consensus that video games do not cause violence and can be used as valuable learning tools, there are also challenges ahead for an industry that is widely seen as a boys club.
The "soft skills" associated with improv are actually the "hard skills" because there’s not an equation to be a great leader.
How can we humans, who fear death so greatly, ever hope to defeat our existential malaise? According to Jason Silva, it is "by creating beauty and order and complexity."
Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet, argues that software developers should take responsibility for the vital role they play in a digital society, and individuals need to be aware of the basic digital literacy skills we need to possess in order to be programmers, not just subjects who are programmed.
Should employees be incentivized to deliver high performance on day-to-day tasks? Of course we need that, but 20-30 percent of incentives should be based on "breakthrough new pathways for the company, experiments," says entrepreneur Jack Hidary.
We have a background assumption that we are living in a technologically-accelerating civilization. Peter Thiel has a different view of where we are headed, and he says we need to fight hard to improve our future prospects.
If we are divided at home, Senator John Kerry argues, we won't be able to deal with the complex challenges that confront the world. Among these challenges is what Kerry describes as "near failed statism" in Egypt and Pakistan.
Tony Tjan says that luck has a lot to do with optimism. For instance, how long can you maintain a positive opinion about a new idea after someone is introduced it to you? If you entertain the notion that this idea may work for an entire day, Tjan says you are close to a "Zen Buddha state."
Julia Galef explains how a "simple and easy mental habit" can help you overcome your biases.
The best way to conduct interviews -- or any kind of research, for that matter -- is to not try to make yourself look smart. Rather, asking a "good dumb question" is an approach that will often yield the best results.
Henry Rollins is remarkably consistent in his rebelliousness. He says rebellion should not involve chest-beating or flag-waving but merely upholding a sense of decency, which is itself a rebellion against all of those who would put you down.
Relax, says Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit. You can’t beat your Facebook addiction into submission – so schedule it into your work day.
Comedian Margaret Cho shares the best advise she was given in school, and why she keeps that simple advice -- never stop doing what you're doing -- to this day.
Ed Conard is Mitt Romney's former partner at Bain Capital and the author of the provocative new book entitle Unintended Consequences, which argues that economic inequality is a sign that the economy is working. In this far-ranging interview on Big Think, Conard discusses why he chose to speak out at the risk of embarrassing Romney, and how he responds to the attacks that have been leveled against Bain Capital.
Jonah Lehrer talks with Big Think's Jason Gots about failure as an integral, essential part of the creative process, and why American schools are so good at killing creativity.