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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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Experts explore the biggest ideas in their fields

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Taking on the Museum Industrial Complex

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12 months ago

The commodification of art has both beneficial and detrimental effects.  The beneficial effects are that the art market is a market and there are resources and art kind of became anything and everything and nothing.  With Marcel Duchamp, with the twentieth century anything became possible because ...

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Everything is a Negotiation

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12 months ago

Some people see negotiation as something that the businessperson does at the formal business and negotiating table that the Heads of State do at a formal summit. My vision and view of negotiation is that we are all negotiating all the time.  From the day you’re born and cry for milk.  You know ...

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We Need to Get Back to Journeying Again

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12 months ago

We know that life is a journey.  Our friendships are journeys.  Every time we learn something it’s a journey.  We think we understand it, then we keep going, then we get confused again.  Then we emerge out of this dark valley of confusion into a new plane and plateau of understanding.  And the ...

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The Value of an Ambiguous Ending

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12 months ago

I was reading children's books in French and in English and I noticed that there's a different typical narrative sequence.  In the English books, the American kids’ books, typically, there is a problem, the characters grapple with that problem and the problem is resolved.  And, in the French books ...