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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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How You Can Profit from 3D Printing

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about 1 month ago

When I first discovered 3D printing several years ago, I instantly knew it was magical.  My mind was blown by the technology: an almost infinite amount of shapes can be “grown,” layer by layer, just by using a printer. This is going to be disruptive, I knew. It would empower entrepreneurs, freeing ...

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Top 7 Myths about Productivity in Business

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3 months ago

Every business owner knows that there are certain things that they must do in order to be on top of their games at all times. But, some take it to extremes, and follow advice that may actually be more detrimental to not only their businesses, but to their own health and well-being. Here are seven ...

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The 7 Scariest Weight Loss Diets

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5 months ago

You think that horror flick you watched or that haunted house you visited was scary? The most terrifying thing I've ever seen was not produced by Wes Craven or found in a theme park, it's what I see some people do to themselves to lose weight. Take a look at these SEVEN scary diets . . . but ...

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10 Problems With How We Think

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5 months ago

By nature, human beings are illogical and irrational. For most of our existence, survival meant thinking quickly, not methodically. Making a life-saving decision was more important than making a 100% accurate one, so the human brain developed an array of mental shortcuts. Though not as necessary ...

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Building a Team for Long-Term Growth

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5 months ago

When you step on the first rung of the entrepreneurial ladder your team is often a team of one—and that’s you. You wear all of the hats and work all hours of the day as you strive to realize your dream. And, if you’re like me, you do it all from the bedroom of your parents’ home. Or, maybe you’re ...

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Seven Keys to Living Your Life's Purpose

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5 months ago

FIRST KEY: Activate awareness of self and self-talk. What do you say to yourself perpetually? Do you listen to your thoughts, filter them, question them? We need to examine our foundations, the very fabric of our being, and our position in the world. As the world presents a mirror to the ...