ThinkBIG: BIG Questions

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Is transhumanism the great promise of technoscience or "the world's most dangerous idea"? The debate is an extremely fruitful field for philosophical and theological inquiry.
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Delighted to share this video of String Theory set to Bohemian Rapsody by A Capella Science. This video and two others are the work of Timothy Blaise, a graduate student in theorectical physics at McGill University. Enjoy!

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Why should Big Pharma invest in Big History? My answer is in the form of a warning label I imagined attached to all pharmaceutical products.

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Jason Silva's latest explores the Omega Point, a term coined by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin to describe the maximum level of complexity and consciousness towards which the universe was evolving.

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Seventy years after its invention, the Buckminster Fuller Institute has organized a competition challenging graphic designers, visual artists, and citizen cartographers to create a new and inspiring interpretation of the Dymaxion Map.

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Science is getting in on the crowdfunding trend in a big way. Over the past few years, organizations like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have revolutionized the fundraising process for small businesses and entrepreneurs by bypassing traditional funders.

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Islamic astronomy enjoyed a golden age from the ninth to the sixteenth century AD. Great observatories in Baghdad, Damascus, Maragheh, Samarqand and Istanbul mapped the sky to set dates for religious and civil festivals and for astrology. Sophisticated calculations and models led to advances in mathematics.

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Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, "What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?" This is his answer.

Video edited by Max Schlickenmeyer

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The Human Context Of Alister Hardy’s Thought

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Metanexus is happy to plug the late David Foster Wallace's 2005 Commencement Speech at Kenyon College in this season of graduations. Here are some wise words and compelling prose from the literary and existential genius.

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