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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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Harpy's Review Posts

cultural comment at large and at small from a provocateur, feminist, and historian

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The Neighbor Break-Up

almost 3 years ago

I just learned that our neighbors are moving, to another state. My heart broke a little when I heard this. They’re moving so that the mom can take a better job, with a saner boss. It’s an important goal. Over the last decade we’ve been close, as far as neighbors go, but not confidants or dear ...

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Mistresses and Lovers for Dummies

about 3 years ago

One of the themes in my book that elicited attention was my “new monogamy” section, where I explore ethically non-monogamous marriages, and the gray zone of don’t ask, don’t tell non-monogamy. What I heard most often when I brought up non-monogamy was, “it never works!” Or, a more tentatively ...

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We Need a “Slow Domesticity” Movement

about 3 years ago

“Life,” my brother-in-law tells me, “is 90 percent maintenance.” I’ve no complaints about my husband’s chore contribution in our marriage. Our “dreariness index” as I call it seems fair enough. It’s just that John’s an engineer, and I’m a writer, so our chore techniques don’t match.  If John had ...

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Marriage According to… Google

about 3 years ago

You’ve probably had this experience thousands of times. You’re Googling, and you start typing in a question.  Google, like a jittery, over-zealous waiter, fills in the blank for you. Google provides the phrases that, statistically, you’re most likely about to ask, based on an archive of over 3 ...