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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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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Droning On

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almost 5 years ago

The White House has announced plans to increase its drone program in the Taliban-overrun areas of Pakistan in order to compliment the decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

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Bloody Co2

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almost 5 years ago

An enzyme in human blood that enables our lungs to exhale carbon dioxide could be “the key to isolation carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants” in order to safely store them, scientists claim.

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Return to Sender

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almost 5 years ago

Senator John McCain is urging elderly Americans to chop up their AARP membership cards and mail them to the organization which he claims is betraying them by supporting healthcare reform.

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Fair Game?

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almost 5 years ago

Sarah Palin has jumped on the Obama “birth heritage” bandwagon by declaring that the legitimacy of the American president’s birth certificate is a “rightful” issue and “fair game”.