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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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This is Why You Don't Steal a Picasso

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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 ...

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This is the Worst Meal in America

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about 1 year ago

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has determined the worst restaurant meal in America, and the dubious honor goes to Long John Silver's "Big Catch" meal. The image above depicts the 1,320 calorie fish dish. What is especially unhealthy about this meal is the amount of trans-fat ...

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The Red Planet in Blue

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about 1 year ago

False coloring is used in this image to reveal greater detail. The image here depicts mystery martian morphology. It captured by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The image is courtesy of NASA/JPL/University of Arizona See ...