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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 co-evolution of humans and technology

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about 3 years ago

BY JASON SILVA   “Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.”   - Alphonse de Lamartine, French romantic poet.   PART I: DREAMING WITH OUR EYES OPEN (The Call To Adventure) The film [Inception] is a metaphor for the way that Nolan ...

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Fashionable Avatars

about 3 years ago

When you think of Burberry, do you think of prim and proper English models wearing plaid coats or do you think of beautiful exotic scantily clad holographic models walking on a virtual runway in the middle of Beijing? Probably the former, but the truth is actually the latter (or perhaps both ...

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Evolution made Self-Aware

over 3 years ago

BY JASON SILVA Physicist Freeman Dyson has spoken of a new "Age of Wonder" centered on computers and biology.  He has artfully articulated that in the near future "a new generation of artists will be writing genomes with the fluency that Blake and Byron wrote verses." What I find the most ...

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The Creating and Sharing of AWE

over 3 years ago

BY JASON SILVA “We are enraptured prose-beings raised to the highest power" . - Walter Benjamin, On Hashish Timothy Leary and Buckminster Fuller called themselves "performing philosophers", using the power of media communication to spread galactic-sized ideas about the state of the species in ...

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A Robot Film Festival

over 3 years ago

After spending years building robots at MIT’s Media Lab and doing stints at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Heather Knight is now a PhD student in social robotics at Carnegie Mellon. She just started a new project “to explore modern relationships between mankind, technology and nature.”  Sounds ...

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Ads Get Smart

over 3 years ago

Sometimes when you see a particularly compelling advertisement in a store window, you might stop and look at it. Now that advertisement is looking back at you too. Immersive Labs, a New York City startup launched in April, has created just such an advertising platform: an ad that analyzes the face ...

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The Pattern Seekers

over 3 years ago

GUEST POST BY JASON SILVA The spectacular think tank and apparel company  The Imaginary Foundation  states that  "To Understand Is To Perceive Patterns" .  This seemingly simple sentence is actually utterly profound:  what it reminds us is that "understanding" means figuring out (or seeing) how ...