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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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The Biggest Thinking of Summer 2011

almost 3 years ago

As Summer 2011 draws to a close, we at Big Think are taking a look back at the most significant ideas presented on our site by Big Think experts. You, our viewers, voted with your clicks. Here are the results: 5. Nathan Myrhvold: These Chemicals Are Good For You (And Yummy) Along with fellow ...

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Breakthroughs in Eating

over 3 years ago

To fill one’s belly is as fundamental a part of what it is to be alive as is self-preservation and the desire to procreate. It’s no wonder that finding new, easier ways to do so marks out many of humanities greatest achievements and pivotal moments.  1. Fire Date: Although it is possible that ...

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Top Five Unfounded Health Hysterias

over 3 years ago

The leading causes of death in the world are coronary heart disease, strokes, lower respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diarrhea—in that order. Notice that cell phones, asbestos, killer bees, and the things that tend to get the most media attention are not on that ...