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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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Think Tank

Are Robonauts Better Than Astronauts?

Bt_kaku
about 4 hours ago

One of the biggest problems with sending humans into space is that they're needy. Their frail bodies have a hard time living in zero gravity and require years of training and specialization just to go up into space. What if instead we could send robots? It would also be far cheaper. Michio Kaku, ...

Experts' Corner

Online Tools That Make Writing Fun and Easy

Bt_writing_2_final
about 16 hours ago

Online Tools That Make Writing Fun and Easy According to the new Common Core State Standards, all students must devote a large portion of their time to writing an endless number of papers their professors expect by impossible deadlines. Before these standards were adopted, students had to study ...

Big Think @ GESF

Educating for the 21st Century

Bt_children_technology_final
1 day ago

The world is rapidly becoming a different place, with globalization and modernization imposing huge challenges to individuals and societies. Schools need to prepare students to live and work in a world in which most people will need to collaborate with people of diverse cultural origins, and ...

> 1,000 Words

Saturn in Blue and Gold

Bt_saturn_blue_and_gold
1 day ago

If a human hovered close to the giant ringed planet, she would see Saturn as partly blue. In March 2006, the robot Cassini spacecraft, still orbiting Saturn, snapped this image of the planet in gold and blue.  NASA explains why Saturn can be seen sporting UC Berkeley's colors:   Here ...