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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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Envisioning the learning revolution

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What is the ROI of a College Degree?

over 3 years ago

During the past weeks I saw more and more interviews, blog posts and discussions on what the return of investment (ROI) of a college degree is these days. It is no secret that the fees are increasing every year and many students have to take huge loans which they then need to pay back over an also ...

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Cramming Facts vs. Learning Experience

over 3 years ago

With some training, good will and modern technology I think it is pretty safe to state that anyone of us can become really good at learning facts and therefore basically any topic. Flashcards are a great mean for this style of learning and start-ups in that sector are popping up like mushrooms ...

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Outsourcing in Higher Education

over 3 years ago

Economic constraints play an increasingly bigger role in the decision which programs to offer on campus and which not. That often leads to cuts in language, arts and other less popular subjects whereas MBA studies are ramped up due to increasing demand. There is an interesting article about the ...

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The Dawn of Data as Dusk of Degrees

over 3 years ago

Today we are all creating data and do it all the time, with every swipe of a credit card, click of a mouse button or finger tip on a touch screen. With the rise of mobile devices a whole new data set, Geolocation, got into this immense pool of information, yet we, the creators of information are ...

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Demand Driven Education

over 3 years ago

When was the last time you asked family and friends a question like “Do you know when King xyz ruled over England?” and if you did, how often did you get the answer “Why don’t you just google it?” or “Wikipedia is your friend!” or they may have pointed you to the useful site www.lmgtfy.com ...