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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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Why "Global Pedestrian"?

about 5 years ago

I'm bursting with things I want to share here today. But we've got a new look and new blog names, so I want to start by explaining what to expect from a blog called Global Pedestrian. I've been lucky to walk my way through a handful of the world's great places. When I was nine, my family spent a ...

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Coping With Pakistan's "Paranoid Style"

about 5 years ago

Intuition always tells us that we need to look closer at things that baffle us. Steve Coll's Senate testimony last Thursday is a reminder that sometimes we need to step back -- far enough back, in the case of Afghanistan, to bring India and Pakistan into our field of view. Coll, who writes for The ...

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An Afghan Village on the English Channel

about 5 years ago

In some erudite, parallel-universe version of our world, no earthlings ever form opinions about America's next invasion or diplomatic overture without scrutinizing their atlases, poring over press accounts in seven languages, and re-familiarizing themselves with the passages they underlined in ...