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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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Dirty Water

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almost 5 years ago

More than 20 per cent of America’s water treatment systems have violated provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act in the last five years, according to federal data.

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Not Hot Air

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almost 5 years ago

At the Copenhagen Summit the US government declared that greenhouse gases threaten human health - a move that could allow a bypassing of Congress in order to enforce emission cuts

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Racy Mamet

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almost 5 years ago

David Mamet’s new play “Race” which opened on Broadway last night is about two lawyers defending a rich white man against charges of raping his black girlfriend.

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Space Butterfly

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almost 5 years ago

A group of butterflies sent into outer space as part of an experiment are having trouble flying in the low gravity conditions which flings them into “chaotic and rapid flight”.