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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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What if Neil deGrasse Tyson Were Your Mentor?

May 9, 2013, 3:03 PM

It’s old news by now that the pace of technological change is accelerating, and with it the pace of cultural and economic change. For those who find this terrifying rather than exhilarating, here’s the good news: the cutting edge of neuroscience suggests that adult human brains are much more malleable than scientists once believed. We are lifelong learners by nature, and the outdated concept of education as a finite thing that ends when you graduate into the “real world,” turns out never to have made much sense in the first place. 

Big Think Mentor, which launches today as one of a handful of new paid subscription channels on YouTube, connects world-class mentors like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Julia Galef, and Tim Ferriss with a global community of smart, driven users to teach the habits of mind and people skills we need to live happier, healthier, more productive lives. For $2.99 a month, or $19.99 a year, Mentor gives you access to exclusive video lessons, with two brand new workshops added on the first of every month. No other YouTube subscription channel and no other single resource on the web seeks to comprehensively address people’s lifelong personal and career development learning needs, nor to respond to their changing needs with user-driven, constantly updated programming.

From the start, Mentor is packed with great learning content. And on May 25th, just two weeks away, we'll add Inventing Your Future, a workshop taught by Neil deGrasse Tyson.  

And, of course, we'll still be bringing you tons of great, free video content through Big Think's public site and our public YouTube channel

Mentor teaches 21st century life skills, from starting a business, to achieving focus through meditation, to raising children with a thirst for knowledge, and beyond. The Mentor curriculum includes Workshops, a series of video-driven lessons for mastering meta-skills like creative thinking or negotiation – and longer Masterclasses for a deep dive into a single Mentor’s expertise. These are coupled with Thought Experiments and Life Experiments to reinforce e-learners’ understanding and adoption of new skills.

Simultaneously, we are launching a members-only discussion forum at http://mentor.bigthink.com to bring together Mentor’s founding members and our editorial team to further refine Mentor’s core curriculum for the 21st century, fine-tuning it to the needs and interests of our users. Just sign up at http://mentor.bigthink.com for an invitation to join the conversation!

Since 2008, bigthink.com has been curating the most powerful emerging ideas in every discipline through interviews with artists, intellectuals, and business leaders – people like actor/entrepreneur Edward Norton, Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, and neurologist Oliver Sacks. With Mentor, we’re transforming those big ideas into tools for defining and achieving your personal and professional goals, starting today. 




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