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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 NYPD Needs to Regain Citizen Support

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about 1 month 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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2 months 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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A Brief History of South Africa

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2 months 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 ...

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Why Brazil Needs to Win the World Cup

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3 months ago

Are you a country that needs an economic boost? Just make sure that your national team wins the World Cup. Soccer fever is upon us, or football fever as the rest of the world refers to the sport that Americans just can’t seem to appreciate. Big Think’s resident economist Daniel Altman explains ...

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Art Changes Us

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3 months ago

Ai Weiwei. Kara Walker. Pussy Riot. Guerrilla Girls. Orwell. Art has long been an empowering outlet for speaking out against injustices. Politics aside, just the simple act of enjoying another human being’s artistic powers can make us experience our shared humanity, and change us. Art is a ...