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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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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Unconventional Data

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over 4 years ago

Economic prognosticators are increasingly looking for indicators in unconventional urban data. The newest offbeat predictors are finding information in obscure places -- but can they be trusted in forecasts?

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Tech Luddites

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"Those who think of themselves as great fans of progress, of technology's inexorable march forward, will change their tune as soon as progress destroys something they care deeply about," writes Nicholas Carr.

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Appreciating Dix

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"Otto Dix is a difficult artist to like," writes Judith Dobrzynski of the Weimar artist known for his harsh, cruel depictions of social and moral decay. "But admiration is a different thing altogether."

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The Pirate Way

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over 4 years ago

"Contrary to expectations and lamentations, widespread piracy does not kill commercial filmmaking," writes Kevin Kelly. "Existence proof: the largest movie industries on the planet."

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Tiny Beams

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over 4 years ago

Physicists have developed the smallest electrically pumped laser ever, with a beam that is 30 micrometers long, eight micrometers high, and has a wavelength of 200 micrometers.

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Large Lizards

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over 4 years ago

Scientists in the Philippines say they have discovered a new species of giant lizards with bright yellow, blue, and green skin, that lives in the forests and survives on a fruit-only diet.