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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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Off-Roading on Mars

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16 days ago

This could be a photograph snapped during a family vacation to the Grand Canyon. These are the tire-tracks of the car-sized Mars rover Curiosity. NASA reports that the future Pixar film inspiration crossed an important threshold on the red planet: the Dingo Gap. From the NASA site ...

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Monkey Selfie: Who Owns the Rights?

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26 days ago

Celebes crested macaque is an endangered species of monkey, which is obviously a shame especially considering what talented photographers they are. In Indonesia, one grabbed David Slater's camera and snapped a selfie. Wikipedia, that bastion of keeping information open and free, is now using it for ...

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Extreme Dieting: The Tongue Patch

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30 days ago

The image above depicts an extreme dieting procedure performed by the Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Nikolas Chugay. The idea is to make eating solid food so painful that dieters will be forced to stick with a liquid diet.  Dr. Chugay has performed the $2,000 procedure on over 60 women since ...