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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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You Need to Create Your Own Luck

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My advice for people who are in high school and college or graduating college is the same.  Find out what you love.  What you love in your heart more than anything else and do that.   You can make a career out of anything -- out of toys, video games, even space flight.  So at the end of the day ...

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Harnessing the Wisdom of Mentors

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11 months ago

I have my own personal definition of disadvantage and it comes from my own background of growing up in foster homes in Brooklyn, New York.  I never felt that I was disadvantaged because I was poor.  My disadvantage as I grew up came from the fact that I didn’t know anybody who knew anybody, and ...

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It's Not a Dog-Eat-Dog World, After All

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11 months ago

Many primates survive by cooperation.  The reason they live in groups is that on their own they cannot survive, so they have to have companions from whom they get support.  Some live together to help each other find food, or warn each other about predators. So the primates are a very cooperative ...

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Don't Follow Directions. Go Off-Piste

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11 months ago

When going to a conference most people follow directions.  They see the agenda.  They attend panel after panel, session after session, keynote after keynote.  My advice to you is don't follow directions.  My advice to you is when you go to a conference most the panels are going to be pretty much ...

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We're Raising Kids with No Grit

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11 months ago

We’re really worried about our kid’s capacity to compete in the world, in the global economy.  That’s on everybody’s mind.  Recently I was on a panel with one of the head engineers at NASA.  He hires a tremendous number of engineers.  He's from India and I asked him "Are we really falling behind ...