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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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Understanding Exponential Growth from a Cosmic Perspective

October 14, 2013, 7:27 PM

Exponential growth can be eased out of rather than ended, but only if we foresee it. 

The thing is, if you have a big concept of how things work, you can understand how our current time fits into it.  But if all you have in your mind is our current time, you just don’t understand what any of the options are. 

And you also don’t understand the value of the fact that we’re at a pivotal moment and that our decisions today really could make a difference for thousands of years.

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