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Big Think: Bill Nye | Can We Desalinate Water for Human Consumption on a Massive Scale?

The ability to desalinate water on an industrial scale would change the world, says Bill Nye the Science Guy, bringing fresh water to populations all over the globe that currently going without.  

Big Think: Hey Bill Nye, ‘Does Science Have All the Answers or Should We Do Philosophy Too?’

Philosophy is a worthwhile endeavor, says Bill Nye the Science Guy, though the answers it offers are frequently limited by human rationality. Science, on the other hand, surprises us!  

Big Think: Lawrence Krauss: We Need to Teach Kids Creative Thinking

“Education is far less about a set of facts than a way of thinking,” says the professor and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss. “And therefore what I always think should be the basis of education is not answers but questions.”  

Big Think: Bill Nye | Are We Actually Aliens?

“Hey Bill Nye, How Will We React to Extraterrestrials?” Such a question assumes we’d be able to contact aliens should we find them. Bill’s not entirely sure we’ll be able to.  

Big Think: The Most Beautiful Equation: How Wilczek Got His Nobel

Frank Wilczek was one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004 thanks to his work researching the so-called strong force. Frank Wilczek’s book is “A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design”  

Big Think: What Will Money Look Like 500 Years in the Future? Ask Albert Einstein.

Best-selling author Kabir Sehgal explores the future of money during the age of space exploration. How will we pay to tour the galaxy? What form of currency will reign dominant in the year 2515? Sehgal goes on to explain why it’s better to pay attention to predictions of science-fiction than those of economists. Sehgal is …

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Big Think: Bill Nye’s Answer to the Fermi Paradox

The Fermi paradox states that, since there are nearly endless chances for life to evolve in the universe, civilizations must occur in some of those instances. But to date there have been no signs of these civilizations. Bill Nye has a simple yet hopeful answer to the mystery.  

Michio Kaku on Reading Minds, Recording Dreams, and Brain Imaging

Dr. Michio Kaku returns to Big Think studios to discuss his latest book, The Future of the Mind. Here he explains the remarkable advances in brain imaging.  

Big Think: Jeremy Rifkin on zero marginal costs and the Internet of things

Economic theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin explains his concept of The Internet of Things. Rifkin’s latest book is The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism. Marginal cost is the change in the total cost that arises when the quantity produced has an increment by unit. …

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BigThink: Michio Kaku on the Evolution of Intelligence

Michio Kaku on the Evolution of Intelligence. He contemplates; “Some people think that intelligence is the crowning achievement of evolution. Well if that’s true there should be more intelligent creatures on the planet Earth. But to the best of our knowledge we’re the only ones.”  

Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain

Published on Oct 6, 2012 Steven Pinker – Psychologist, Cognitive Scientist, and Linguist at Harvard University How did humans acquire language? In this lecture, best-selling author Steven Pinker introduces you to linguistics, the evolution of spoken language, and the debate over the existence of an innate universal grammar. He also explores why language is such …

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Big Think: Michio Kaku on Alien Brains

Michio Kaku talks about extra terrestrial brains, their potential intelligence, and capacity – in this Big Think video.  

William Ackman: Everything You Need to Know About Finance and Investing in Under an Hour

Big Think presents William Ackman. A activist investor and hedge-fund manager. Who talks about how to make good investments to be financially stable and enjoy a well-funded retirement, and don’t throw our hard earned money on poor investments.

Michio Kaku: Escape to a Parallel Universe

Like many physicists, Michio Kaku thinks our universe will end in a “big freeze.” Unlike many physicists, he thinks we might be able to avoid this fate by slipping into a parallel universe “in the same way that Alice entered the looking glass to enter Wonderland.”

Michio Kaku: Tweaking Moore’s Law

What’s beyond silicon? There have been a number of proposals: protein computers, DNA computers, optical computers, quantum computers, molecular computers. Dr. Michio Kaku says “if I were to put money on the table I would say that in the next ten years as Moore’s Law slows down, we will tweak it.”