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We are Big Idea Hunters…

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 Evolutionary Logic of Knowledge Transfer

12 months ago

Why do certain ideas succeed? In a previous post, we looked at how idea entrepreneurs are able to lift ideas to the surface on the strength of their compelling personal narratives and powers of persuasion. Now here's another take.  Ideas have to pass a kind of Darwinian fitness test, argues the ...

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Science Can Reinvent America

12 months ago

According to Neil deGrasse Tyson, three fears account for "the most expensive, ambitious projects humans have ever undertaken." In the video below, Tyson says going into space would "transform society, change the zeitgeist of your culture, turn everyone into people who embrace and value ...

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A Grand Canyon is Discovered in Greenland

12 months ago

How is it that something 460 miles long, 6 miles wide and, and up to 2,600 feet deep would go unnoticed until now? We're not talking about an object far off in space. We are talking about a canyon that is comparable to the Grand Canyon which was recently discovered (by accident) beneath Greenland's ...