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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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Coldest Place in the Universe

about 1 month ago

NASA is creating the coldest place in the known universe, according to DNews. Space is already freezing cold. So why does NASA need it even colder? It turns out that science turns weird in extreme cold, including slowing down light and allowing researchers to take precise measurements. The video ...

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Basic Science Facts Most People Get Wrong

about 1 month ago

One in four Americans think the earth is at the center of our solar system, according to a study by the National Science Foundation. Europeans did even worse: one in three! The study indicates that, in general, most people don't know basic science facts and are essentially stuck in the middle ages ...

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Our Flat Solar System

about 1 month ago

Why is our solar system flat? We started off as a shapeless blob of gases after the Big Bang. How did our solar system flatten out? From Saturn's rings to other galaxies, it turns out that "flatness" is common in our 3D universe. It has to do with collisions. MinutePhysics breaks down the ...

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De-Mystifying Houdini's Mysterious Death

about 1 month ago

Harry Houdini survived many dangerous feats, including being trapped in a box underwater. To add to the Houdini myth, the great dare-devil died on Halloween. What finally did him in?: A punch to the stomach. But being punched in the stomach and surviving was one of his special tricks. Why, on ...

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This is Your Brain on a Laser Beam

about 1 month ago

We are closer to achieving science fiction: your brain--your personality, your mind, your soul, your entire being--may one day be available on a disc. It's mathematically possible for your consciousness to exist without your body. This big idea and the research that supports it is explored in the ...

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HBO's "Silicon Valley" Trailer Is Out

about 1 month ago

The hijinks of Silicon Valley are ripe for satire, from the hyped-up start-ups to the cult-like obsession with tech gods past and present. HBO's new series "Silicon Valley" is an Office Space-styled searing of tech industry stereotypes and viral blog gossip that's sure to be a cathartic watch. What ...

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Future Technology: Mind Invasion?

about 1 month ago

"I personally most fear the technology that allows invasion of our thoughts, our feelings, our aspirations, our intellectual achievements," actor James Woods told Futurescape in this interview. "The notion of some ill equipped bureaucratic bozo getting into my inner thoughts and feelings fills me ...