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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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My Deeply Selfish, Idiosyncratic Relationship with Ideas

May 28, 2013, 11:48 AM

It’s always hard to interrogate your own intellectual processes.  I don’t have a formal method. The criteria I always use is "Do I want to spend time with this idea or this person?  Is there more there?  Is it something that I don’t know much about?  Does it connect up with other things I know?"

All my investigative criteria are personal.  It’s just all about what I think would be fun to do. There is no kind of evaluation of the broader commercial potential for the idea. I don’t really care whether anyone else is interested in it.  The reason I went into this business is I didn’t want to have to be beholden to some outside judge or critic or market. So its a deeply selfish idiosyncratic process, I suppose. 

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