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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 Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

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IdeaFeed Posts

Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Double Dip?

Missing
almost 5 years ago

A defeat of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s quest for another four-year term could raise the risk of a “double dip” recession, economists have warned.

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ET Like Me?

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almost 5 years ago

Aliens visiting Earth will be “just like humans”, sporting faults such as greed, violence and exploitation of the weak, according to claims by a leading scientist at Cambridge University.

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Plane Crash

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almost 5 years ago

Fourteen bodies have been recovered after an Ethiopian plane carrying 90 passengers crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Beirut in stormy weather this morning.

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Space Dive

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almost 5 years ago

The daredevil who made the first unpowered flight across the English Channel six years ago is planning to sky dive from the edge of space hoping to break a 50-year world record.