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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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Anxiety Creates Extra Tasks - And Problems Have you ever had one of those ‘super-productive’ days where you burn through all of your tasks and then feel... strangely hollow? This feeling arises because, as much as we hate to admit it, many of us define ourselves by our task list. When we don ...

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Taking the Fear Out of Voting

over 2 years ago

by Clay Shentrup The Problem My fellow voter: have you ever been afraid to vote for your favorite candidate? If so, you’re not alone. It happens to the best of us. Take my friend Bob. Back in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, he favored Bill Richardson, followed by Barack Obama. By ...

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Defining Democracy

over 2 years ago

Last week I asked readers to answer this single question: “What is democracy?” I asked this question -- without consulting a dictionary or political science textbook -- because I am not sure of the answer myself, even though I have heard the word uttered thousands of times in my life. Has the ...

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What is Democracy?

over 2 years ago

For this week’s post I would like to ask a single question: What is democracy? Please share your answers in the comments. I will feature what I think are the most interesting responses in next week’s post. I look forward to your thoughts! -- Image of The Parthenon courtesy of ...

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Bomb Iran: A Parable

over 2 years ago

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