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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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Neurobonkers Posts

A critical sideswipe into the world of scientific controversy with a focus on the murky waters of the science of the mind.

Neurobonkers

A Kickstarter launched a couple of days ago is already half way to letting you control a cockroach with your phone, but is this ethical?

Remote-controlled-cockroach
about 1 year ago

I'm not sure where to begin on the ethics of this. On the up side, inspiring kids to learn about technology such as this could directly lead to promising careers resulting in the next generation of treatments. On the down side, we're seeing completely uncontrolled experimentation on the brains of ...

Neurobonkers

Is big brother watching you?

Panopticom
over 1 year ago

A spine chilling new documentary addresses the myriad of new tools for surveillance that are now being put to use in the the UK's capital city.  We learn of the case of a French man whose home was raided and who still remains on a terrorist watch list eight years later because algorithms in ...