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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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The Three Values of Science

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8 months ago

This article originally appeared on RealClearScience. You can read the original hereOnce in Hawaii, I was taken to see a Buddhist temple. In the temple, a man said, "I am going to tell you something that you will never forget." And then he said "To every man is given the key to Heaven. The ...

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Making Energy Visible, And Why It Matters

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8 months ago

Four years ago, when I began writing a book about renewable energy, I knew as much about the topic as the next reasonably intelligent person. That is to say, not much at all. But the deeper I got into the project the more I began to understand why. Namely, because for all intents and purposes ...

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Why Dieting is the Worst Way to Lose Weight

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8 months ago

Dieting is the worst way to lose weight. Most people would say I'm crazy for making such an outrageous claim. However, by the time you finish reading this short article, I think you'll agree with me: Not only that, my hope is that you'll agree so much that you'll join me on my mission against ...

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The Way of Chi

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8 months ago

The Tao is like a well: used but never used up. It is like the eternal void: filled with infinite possibilities. It is hidden but always present. I don't know who gave birth to it. It is older than God. -Lao Tzu It is rare to find dependable sources for the study of Chi and authentic ...