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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.

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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 Origin of Intelligence

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9 months ago

Michio Kaku:  In the entire universe the two greatest scientific mysteries are first of all the origin of the universe itself.  And second of all the origin of intelligence.  Believe it or not, sitting on our shoulders is the most complex object that Mother Nature has created in the known universe ...

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Living a Creative Life

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9 months ago

Moments of creativity feel like a rush. That spark of insight can make the months or years of drudgery seem worth it.   But what if you're not being as creative as you would like to be? And your breakthroughs seem few and far between? In this classic video on creativity, Ira Glass promises that ...

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DIY Science Stunts

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9 months ago

Need weekend projects that are fun and educational? Here are ten science stunts demonstrated by our friends at Quirkology. They include classic parlor tricks like creating a floating finger to turning a teabag into a rocket.  Unless you know your way around a Bunsen Burner, don't try these ...

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Invention Ideas Throughout the Ages

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How different would the world be today if flexible glass was not banned by Caesar? The idea for flexible glass was mentioned in many sources dating back to the 1st century of ancient Rome.  See what other "dangerous" inventions throughout the ages are reported in this fascinating video from ...

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The Science of Lucid Dreaming

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9 months ago

Think you don't dream? Everyone has 3 to 7 dreams a night on average. Lucid dreaming means that you can control your dreams--with a little practice. AsapSCIENCE provides a helpful overview on the research into lucid dreaming and how you can turn your nightmares into a choose-your-own-adventure film ...

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What's the Rarest Precious Metal?

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In the market for an engagement or wedding ring? Don't just drop by your local jewelry store. Go on this journey with our friends at VSauce who hunt down the world's most precious metal. Host Michael Stevens "test drives" various metals and reveals surprising tricks and traits.  Image credit ...

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Calvin Klein: Catnip for Big Cats

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Which cologne or perfume makes big cats go absolutely wild? Researchers refuse to say, because they don't want humans testing it out and encroaching on the natural habitat of wild cats any more than they already are. But Calvin Klein's cologne Obsession for Men is certainly a favorite. Cats of ...

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De-Criminalizing Heroin Addiction

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Heroin addiction continues to receive media attention following the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. His tragic overdose introduced America to the fact that heroin addicts do not fit any certain stereotype, and that people can struggle with addiction throughout their lives, even after periods ...

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Hollywood's Dilemma

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Big Think interviewed producer and film scholar Jonathan Taplin to discuss the current state of Hollywood. As much as we get caught up in the glitz and glamour, it's easy to forget that Hollywood is an industry; instead of selling used cars, it sells used ideas. And the magic pixie dust that brings ...