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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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Executive Appeal

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almost 5 years ago

After the Supreme Court reversed campaign finance law to allow corporations to openly fund political campaigns, 40 executives are asking Congress to pass tough laws in favor of public financing.

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Virtual Daddy

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almost 5 years ago

In addition to in-person visits, Illinois law has given divorced parents the right to virtual visitations with their children to be conducted over the internet with web cams or via instant messengers.

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Haiti Adoptions

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Proposals to speed up adoption procedures for orphans of the Haitian earthquake are raising ethical dilemmas about the value of psychological safety versus the reality of food and water shortages.

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Off the Air America

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Meant to be the liberal answer to conservative talk radio, Air America will soon go off the air after having promoted its stars like Al Franken and Rachel Maddow to national political prominence.

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Man-Cheetah

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almost 5 years ago

Researchers have determined that biological limitations on human running speed may be much lower than previously thought, allowing humans to achieve speeds of 35-40 miles per hour.

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Media Daze

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almost 5 years ago

A new report says young people spend nearly eight hours each day on one media platform or another, up one hour from five years ago, which is more time than they go to school or even sleep.