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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.

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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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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Kept Out

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over 4 years ago

Robert Fisk writes that the Canadian government is complying with unfair American actions to ban journalists from reporting on the Guantanamo Bay military prison.

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Privacy Pique

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over 4 years ago

"The most frustrating thing about Facebook's privacy policy is that it's always changing," writes Farhad Manjoo. The company should better respect users' desire for privacy going forward.

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We're Not Greece

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over 4 years ago

America and Greece have lately been running large budget deficits, roughly comparable as a percentage of G.D.P., notes Paul Krugman. Yet markets treat the countries very differently.

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After the Fall

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over 4 years ago

"There isn’t a wholesale rejection of capitalism" among the American public, says Nouriel Roubini, "but I think there was a greater faith 10 years ago in an unfettered, laissez-faire market economy."

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End the Embargo

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over 4 years ago

Daniel Wilkinson and Nik Steinberg write that the U.S. embargo of Cuba must end, but that it is naive to think that the Caribbean country's government will suddenly reform as a result.

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Purple Prose

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over 4 years ago

"Nowadays a specimen of unkempt, puffed-up prose or stumbling, lugubrious verse doesn't even need to make it past an editor or publisher to glide slimily" into our awareness, writes Laura Miller.