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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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Experts' Corner Posts

Guest posts from thought leaders

Experts' Corner

The Evolution of Love

about 3 years ago

How did we evolve the most loving brain on the planet? Humans are the most sociable species on earth – for better and for worse. On the one hand, we have the greatest capacities for empathy, communication, friendship, romance, complex social structures, and altruism. On the other, we have ...

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Bin Laden and the American Teen

over 3 years ago

To this day, I'm not sure whether it was a good idea to go in to work on September 11, 2001. The second tower had just fallen, and there were rumors that another runaway jet might be headed for the White House. We were paralyzed with an unrecognizable fear, many of us for the first time in our ...

Experts' Corner

Why the WTO Is Obsolete

over 3 years ago

This week the World Trade Organization meets in Geneva to try and revive the Doha Development Round of negotiations. Delegates from more than 150 countries will be trying to lower trade barriers, promote commerce, and give the global economy a much-needed jolt. But Daniel Altman, author of ...

Experts' Corner

How to Speak Like MLK Jr.

over 3 years ago

It wasn’t until 6th grade that I recall first hearing Martin Luther King Jr. speak. Mrs. Crume was my social studies teacher (interestingly enough, she was also the wife of Arthur Crume, frontman for the legendary Soul Stirrers). She made my classmates and me listen to a recording of King’s "Dream ...

Experts' Corner

Lung Cancer: To Screen or Not to Screen?

over 3 years ago

We baby boomers may be getting a little long in the tooth, but we sure know how to take good care of ourselves.  Or do we?  One of the greatest health threats we face is one over which we have limited control: lung cancer, the greatest cancer killer even among non-smokers.  It was once thought ...

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10 People Changing the Face of China

over 3 years ago

"The Sixth Generation" -- No one in China will likely have as much impact on the country’s future over the next decade as the seven to nine men (and they will be men) who will be selected to sit in the Standing Committee of the Politburo in 2012. For now, much about them remains speculative—a ...