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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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Finding Zen on Christmas

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4 months ago

Imagine if you lived in a society not governed by laws. What would happen to you if you caused another person injury? Your punishment would depend on how well you could defend yourself. Let's say you knocked out someone's tooth. They might knock out yours in retribution. Or they might kill you ...

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The Spiritual and Secular Joy of Bach

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4 months ago

If you want to stump an atheist, play the Bach card. If we were to do away with religion, you could ask, wouldn't we be depriving ourselves of Bach? (One could similarly play the Dostoevsky card or the Michelangelo card.) After all, isn't the essence of Bach - the quality and intensity of ...

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Teaching How To Learn

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4 months ago

In the video below, Nicholas Negroponte talks about the failings of the current education system and the need for a more nuanced and personalized approach that teaches students how to learn.  This video is courtesy of XPRIZE Insights is a video series that highlights leading thinkers of our time ...

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Global Warming in 52 Seconds

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4 months ago

People can have faith in religion and faith in science. People can maintain these faiths without actually understanding the scripture or the science, respectively, behind their faiths. This is what surveys have found, at least: the vast majority of Americans believe the Bible is in some sense ...