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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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Rightly Understood Posts

A conservative take on the world

Rightly Understood

Happy "Groundhog Day"

over 3 years ago

BIG THINK's great little interview with Danny Rubin got me thinking about the relationship between happiness and mortality.   His very philosophic film is all about our "rightly understood" theme of the connections between virtue, happiness, and personal love. Groundhog Day, of course, is all ...

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Back to "Please Give"

almost 4 years ago

So, in the wake of the boring--yet annoying--Golden Globes,  I've been asked what movies of last year I'd recommend that the foreign correspondents slighted.  Let me say, to begin with, that my list of last year's bests probably wouldn't include the award-winning The Social Network.  How ...

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Science and Our Proud Human Future

almost 4 years ago

BIG THINK displays a large number wonderful accounts of how science today is transforming our lives--appealing to our hopes, our pride, and, occasionally, our humility.  I thought I'd share with you somethng I wrote along those lines in one of the most illuminating scientific journals around--The ...

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Alexis de Tocqueville's Relevance Today

almost 4 years ago

Most of you won't believe this, but I've actually gotten several requests to say more about Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, rightly called the best book ever written on America and on democracy. This two-volume study, written by a French aristocrat on the basis of his journey to our ...

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The Best Speech of His Career

almost 4 years ago

Here's the most thoughtful conservative appreciation of the President's speech.  And here are some points I want to emphasize: 1. The president did not blame the shooting on "inflammatory rhetoric." There's no evidence whatsoever that political rhetoric or tone was the cause of the act of a ...