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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Today’s Big Idea

Feedback

We can't control other people, only how we react to them. And sometimes, when we ask for constructive feedback, we receive a harsh assessment that may stop us in our tracks. It's important to learn how to process feedback and separate it from what is negative and not useful. In order to live a productive life and maintain quality relationships, understanding the art and science of receiving feedback is essential. 

Today's big idea focuses on the magic of feedback and how to achieve a more optimistic way of thinking to put that feedback to use. 

  1. 1 The Science and Art of Receiving ...
  2. 2 A Good Habit
  3. 3 The Rosy Mind
  4. 4 Embodied Creativity
Yesterday’s Theme
  1. The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback

    The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback

    What's your baseline? 

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  2. A Good Habit

    A Good Habit

    Optimism Is A Self-Amplifying Feedback Loop

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  3. The Rosy Mind

    The Rosy Mind

    How to Train Your Brain to Be Optimistic  

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  4. Embodied Creativity

    Embodied Creativity

    Thinking Outside The Box Is More Than Mere Metaphor

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