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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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Christopher Hitchens's Best Arguments

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Writers loathe using cliches like "Orwellian" and "Kafkaesque." But sometimes, it can't be helped, especially when you're Christopher Hitchens getting arrested in communist Czechoslovakia. He tells a very "Hitchensian" story of trying to avoid referencing Kafka in an article while covering an ...

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Meet Victor, the Trash-Talking Robot

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This is exactly what the world needs: a trash-talking robot. Victor likes to think that he's a a master Scrabble player, and it gives him a superiority complex that he takes out on those around him. But the problem is, he's not very good at Scrabble. And when he loses, Victor gets into an even ...

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The Amazing, Singing Tesla Coil

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5 months ago

Electrical engineering maestro Steve Ward, then a college student in Illinois, programmed this Tesla coil  in 2007 so that each spark sounds like a musical note. In this now classic video, Ward shows off a stunning demonstration, which launched a new instrument now called the "zeusaphone" or the ...

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What Does Ancient Wine Taste Like?

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There's a reason why the French are the masters of making wine. The earliest evidence of wine-making discovered in France dates back to 425 BC. The French have had time to perfect their craft. But before they achieved mastery, what did French wine taste like? Trace, the host of DNews, goes ...