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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.

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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 Health Benefits of Being Kind

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8 days ago

Being kind and volunteering one's time are selfish acts. Research has shown that helping others through volunteer work actually increases one's overall sense of well-being, including building emotional resilience and reducing stress levels. The effects are so powerful that volunteering is ...

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World Tournaments Promote Peace

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14 days ago

Think the Olympic Games and the World Cup are just about sports? Olympian Kelly Clark can attest to the goodwill that these global tournaments promote. “It's been amazing as an athlete to see what sports can do,” she told Big Think. “There's so much opportunity to focus on negative things, and ...

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The NYPD Needs to Regain Citizen Support

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16 days ago

New York City has never been safer. Drug dealers and muggers no longer rule Times Square, and droves of residents in the Bronx and Brooklyn aren’t setting their apartments on fire to collect the insurance money instead of facing the impossible task of finding buyers. The city has transformed in a ...

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How to Order Wine like an Oenophile

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30 days ago

Does choosing a wine feel as if you’re closing your eyes and pointing on the menu? Want to order like an expert when it’s time to select a bottle for the table? Next time you’re out with friends, remember these tips from sommelier Patrick Cappiello, the Operating Partner and Wine Director at Pearl ...

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Valerie Purdie-Vaughns on Unintentional Bias

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about 1 month ago

 We may have the best intentions, but our minds may still play tricks on us. This can complicate situations in ways that we’re not even aware, and produce negative outcomes. Want to avoid unintentional bias? Learn how to “wake up” from it. Becoming aware of unintentional bias is essential to ...

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A Brief History of South Africa

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about 1 month ago

South Africa is a young nation rich in culture and history that launched it onto the world stage. From Nelson Mandela’s inspiring leadership to unite the country after apartheid to J. M. Coetzee’s masterful novels, South Africa gives us much to explore. Dave Steward, the former Chief of Staff to ...