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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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In Their Own Words Posts

Experts explore the biggest ideas in their fields

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Principles of the Open Future

8 months ago

When public evidence and rational deduction is sufficient to answer a question we must all be swayed by that rationale and must be swayed by the answer.  When public evidence is not sufficient to answer a question, we must promote and encourage the widest range of disagreement and competition among ...

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Why Education is an Easy Sell

8 months ago

I care a lot about education because I'm the product of education.  My parents sacrificed a lot to give me my education.  And as a result, I've seen numerous opportunities personally.  So when I travel around the world, I think in terms of the kids that I see in the slums of Kenya or in Ghana or in ...

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Why I Chose to Become a Scientist

8 months ago

Growing up as a kid I was interested in science but I was also interested in many other things.  When I came to university in the U.S. I was quite drawn to the idea of a liberal arts education where you get exposed to a number of different disciplines and you get some sense of how different ...

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Teachers Are the Best Fundraisers

8 months ago

An avatar, to me, is someone that I wish I were but I don’t have the time to be. So I’m going to help that person.  I’m going to work with him.  I’m going to partner with him in something. I might come to their class at a university.  I might help hire some students.  I might refer them to some ...

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My Problem with AI

8 months ago

My argument with the direction that AI has taken is that borrowing from the standard approaches in cognitive psychology and experimental psychology, AI had tended to say, “we want to know about thinking, then we’ll move onto emotion, or maybe consciousness.”  Thinking is what we want to do.  The ...

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The Joy of Darwinism

8 months ago

Sometimes you get illuminated by the clarity of a Darwinian vision when you see people behaving in a manner that makes it clear that this is nature at its best. So watch mothers and fathers in a playground with their kids and watch the love that they give the kids and watch the glee that the ...

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The Human Side of Particle Physics

8 months ago

You might think of particle physics as a pursuit but it’s being done by human beings.  So we do have interactions and connections with the rest of the world in our lives and make choices that have to do with our environment and people in our lives and historical events and trends.  So it’s not ...