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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 Science of Flirting

3 days ago

Scientists recently found that it's not how attractive you are but how well you flirt that helps you find a potential mate. What are the classic tactics of flirting and how well do you have them down, from a scientific standpoint? Watch this video from DNews to learn how science can help you become ...

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10 Discoveries Unexplained by Science

4 days ago

How do placebo pills reduce pain and even improve symptoms in Parkinson's patients?What causes fireballs to allegedly shoot from Thailand's Mekong River? And what is making that insanely annoying humming noise in Taos, New Mexico? This and other mysteries are featured in this video of 10 ...

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10 Ways Your Mind Plays Tricks on You

11 days ago

The mind seeks out patterns, and this can lead to some tricky mind games...played by your own mind, on you. This could happen when a song gets stuck in your head, and the only lyric you know keeps playing over and over again in your mind, and you can't get it out. You're even making up lyrics for ...

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Why Do Cats Knead?

11 days ago

Wild adult cats don't knead, but tamed (spoiled) adult house cats love to dig into an owner's skin. The painful activity is often referred to as "making biscuits," likely because they prefer to push their claws into our soft bellies.   What's the science behind this affectionate yet cringe ...

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The Truth About Salt and Our Health

12 days ago

They say that salt is the silent killer. Unfortunately, it makes everything taste more delicious. The good news is that recent research says that Americans consume a healthy amount of salt. And too little salt can be as harmful as too much.  DNews takes a look at the truth about salt consumption ...