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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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Book Think Posts

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"Gatsby": Still Pretty Damn Great

over 1 year ago

I’m a little wary of defending The Great Gatsby. Not because I’m wary of the book, which I’ve loved with a passion since age sixteen, but because I can’t speak nearly as well on the book’s behalf as the book does. Gatsby doesn’t really need another reverent critic; it'll continue to be taught in ...

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No Single Book Is True

almost 2 years ago

“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell….what I've come to learn is that [the Bible is] the manufacturer's handbook, is what I call it. It teaches us how to run our lives individually, how to run our ...

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Lincoln, Shakespeare, and Tony Kushner

about 2 years ago

I saw Lincoln this week, and on balance I liked it very much. At the beginning and end (and occasionally in between) it's a sentimental pageant, with swelling chords and overbearing long takes, and for that we have Steven Spielberg to thank. The rest of the time, it's the most literate major motion ...