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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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Mind Memes

Cleanse? Detox? These 8 Foods Are All You Need

about 1 hour ago

Now that spring is here, people want to start getting into better shape for the summer. Eating healthier will help you feel more energetic and boost your brain power, too. So start by eating foods that are "cleansing." Not only will this help to improve energy levels, it will also help to remove ...

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Explore Personalized Medicine

about 8 hours ago

“We’re at the cusp of a longevity revolution,” says Sonia Arrison, author of 100 Plus and founder of the Singularity University. “Biology has become an engineering project. Just like computer programs have ones and zeroes, the human body has a code too. It’s made up of the A, C, T & G of DNA. And ...


Mission: Possible

about 11 hours ago

Good afternoon, Mr. and Ms. Professional Millennial/Boomer. On today’s 21st anniversary of Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day I have a challenge for all millennials who don’t yet have children and all boomers whose children have outgrown this tradition. Let’s call it: “Mission: Take Your ...

Strange Maps

654 - Making Maps of France (Nudge, Nudge)

1 day ago

Cuddly toys, ripped to pieces. Their limbs and tails, snouts and eyepatches strung up and nailed to a museum wall. Teddy bears and their furry friends are supposed to be a child's last line of defence against night terrors. But here, perversely, they themselves become the terror: cruelly chopped up ...