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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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Why Dieting is the Worst Way to Lose Weight

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5 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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5 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 ...

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The Tao of Chi

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5 months ago

“The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao; The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. The unnamable is the eternally real. Naming is the origin of all particular things.” -Lao Tzu I write these thoughts perched on top of Mount Wudang - World Cultural Heritage Site, Chinese ...

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The Infinite Tao

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5 months ago

I came to China with the intention of learning Tai Chi as well as the more internal alchemical principles of Chi Kung. I've ended up sometimes feeling I'm on a wild goose chase, yet it's mostly been both exhilarating and rewarding. That said, it is difficult to find good teachers who speak ...