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We are Big Idea Hunters…

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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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Harsh Proof

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almost 5 years ago

Withholding HIV treatments led to the death of 330,000 people in South Africa as the result of AIDs denialist policies according to a new report which proves the benefits of treatment.

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Sea Ice

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almost 5 years ago

Stunning images of sea ice formations have been published by Wired, capturing the Wilkins ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula and other areas of eerie natural beauty.

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Critical Mass

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almost 5 years ago

Democrats and Republicans have ramped up their efforts to secure votes for a seat in the Senate which will be critical to passing, or not passing, Obama’s health care reform bill.

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Twitter Terror

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almost 5 years ago

A British man has been arrested under the Terrorism Act and given an airport life ban after he used Twitter to vent his anger about disrupted travel plans caused by bad weather.

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King Murder

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almost 5 years ago

“You can kill the dreamer, but you cannot kill the dream,” was the defiant message delivered by a close compatriot of Martin Luther King more than four decades after his death.