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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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Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

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A Love Letter To Living In The Future

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I love the future. (I just want to state my bias upfront.) It’s very easy to think about global conflict, ecological destruction, rising population, and economic inequality and believe the world is getting worse. Being optimistic about the future isn’t easy. The evening news will sabotage any ...

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Control Starts At Home

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Control is a shift from our animalistic reactive mode to a humanistic proactive mode. This can be as small as not watching whatever happens to be on television when you sit on the couch, but instead intentionally watching the best shows on Netflix, Hulu, or your DVR. It can be as huge as moving to ...

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Emergent Griefing

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about 1 month ago

I enjoy "griefing", which is when people use aspects of a system that make that system less fun for others. It's a term normally used in multiplayer video games. As gamification spreads game-like interactions to everyday experiences this also spreads the anti-social behaviors of games. My first ...

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On Undervalued, Overspecialized Human Capital

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about 1 month ago

I like to utilize labor. Not commodity labor like a housekeeper or a dog-walker. The economics of commodity labor are well-established though a competitive marketplace. The price of labor is determined by demand, so to exploit labor you must discover areas of disequilbrium. You want to hire ...

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Re-Thinking the Game of Monopoly

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