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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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The “Green FDR” Makes His Case

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almost 5 years ago

As part of the lead up to the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, President Obama told the United Nations on Tuesday that the if world does not move quickly to reverse the effects of global climate change, “we risk consigning future generations to irreversible catastrophe.” Nor is ...

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Obama Is No Liberal

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almost 5 years ago

For all the overheated talk about how far to the left Barack Obama is—for all that he has been called a socialist and even accused of having sympathies with the Weather Underground—the truth is that he isn't a particularly liberal President. It was probably inevitable that Obama would disappoint ...

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Why We Should Investigate Detainee Abuse

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about 5 years ago

Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a review of whether the interrogations of detainees held abroad have violated federal laws. President Obama has repeatedly said he would prefer not to investigate allegations of abuse under the Bush administration. And Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) has already ...