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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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Supernova Explosion Discovered by Fluke

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7 months ago

The light from an exploding star in the Messier 82 (aka "Cigar") galaxy was first photographed from Earth on January 22nd, 2013. The galaxy is ~12 million light years away so the explosion occurred about 12 million years ago. A new supernova has not been observed so close to our solar system in ...

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Human: The Most Dangerous Animal

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7 months ago

Humans compete viciously for limited resources. They form complicated tribes that fight with one another. They behave irrationally in all sorts of ways. And yet, humans also possess "a ridiculous tolerance for adversity." That is why, in the spoof video below, the narrator warns his alien viewers ...

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Ideas Are Our Greatest Natural Resource

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8 months ago

A human population of nine billion, going on ten billion, is seen by many as one of the greatest threats facing our planet over the next century. Where will the resources come from to support such a massive population? Others wonder what we might do to limit seemingly runaway population growth ...

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Will Big Data Make Free Will Irrelevant?

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8 months ago

In Crime and Punishment, the Russian student Raskolnikov kills a pawnbroker to test his Nietzschean hypothesis that certain people transcend morality and therefore have the right to commit murder.  In Albert Camus's novel, The Stranger, Meursault confiscates a revolver from his friend Raymond ...