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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 Theme

Extreme Biology

Today’s Big Idea

Body and Mind

“Clothes are powerful things,” wrote Orwell. Sylvia Ann Hewlett, an economist and expert on gender and workplace issues, and the author of Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success, ran a study of 4,000 professionals across the U.S. and 300 leaders. She found that how you present yourself--from clothes to speech--determines your chances for advancing in your career. As part of today's big idea, Hewlett provides expert advice on how anyone can achieve executive presence.

 

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  3. 3 Art Changes Us
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Yesterday’s Theme
  1. Do You Have Intellectual Horsepower?

    Do You Have Intellectual Horsepower?

    Sylvia Ann Hewlett on Why You Must Flaunt It, the Right Way

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  2. Simon Doonan's Fashion Tips For Mad Scientists

    Simon Doonan's Fashion Tips For Mad Scientists

    The hilarious swami of style and fashion egalitarian Simon Doonan, author of Gay Men Don't Get Fat, offers some efficient guidelines to personal style for the mad scientist whose mind is on loftier things. 

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  3. Art Changes Us

    Art Changes Us

    Sarah Lewis on Creativity and the Search for Mastery

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  4. The Interconnectedness of Our Bodies and Our Minds

    The Interconnectedness of Our Bodies and Our Minds

    We have brains because they optimize our bodies' survival. Meanwhile, the body itself is the border in the translation service that will allow the outside world to come into the brain.

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Happiness Should Be A Verb

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A new “happiness” is needed. The goal many pursue now ignores useful old wisdom and the logic of our biology. A verb capturing the necessary recurring effort would improve on a noun describing a desired static state. Many now simply equate happiness with maximizing pleasure. But even the ...