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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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HIV, Reinvisioned

12 months ago

The Ukrainian designer Alexey Kashpersky's digitally enhanced drawings were awarded first prize in a competition that charged participants with conveying "humanity's complex relationships with [the HIV] virus, be they emotional, political, or intellectual." See more images here

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The Heat, in Global Context

about 1 year ago

If you are feeling hot today, you certainly are not alone. Nearly every state in the U.S. is experiencing temperatures in the 90s or above. And the U.S. is not alone.  And we're not just talking about the current heat wave.  The June numbers have been crunched and, according to NOAA, the ...

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This is Why You Don't Steal a Picasso

about 1 year ago

Paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and others that were stolen from a museum last year may have been burned. Investigators are testing the ashes found in the stove of the mother of one of the Romanian suspects charged with stealing the paintings from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal gallery. The image ...