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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 Big Brouhaha Posts

Questions almost certain to generate controversy.

The Big Brouhaha

Should Congress Telecommute?

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10 months ago

A proposal by Rep. Eric Swalwell, a freshman House Democrat, would allow Congress to vote remotely, the advantage being that they could attend to affairs in their home district instead of having to physically be in Washington D.C. Swalwell's proposal would allow the use of such 21st century ...

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Three Parents and a Baby?

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10 months ago

England may allow a new technique that would take DNA from three people in order to avoid passing on genetic diseases such as muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, heart problems and mental retardation. This in vitro fertilization method would require a tiny amount of DNA from a donor, in addition to ...

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Is This Overkill?

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10 months ago

Here's the deal: $30 billion for 40,000 border agents, 700 miles of fencing and aerial drones to guard the U.S.-Mexico border. This is the deal the "Gang of eight" senators announced today. They will offer these provisions in an amendment in the hope of winning support for an immigration reform ...