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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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“Siri, what is the meaning of life?”

Apple-siri
over 2 years ago

This is the sort of question curious homo sapiens tend to ask for the first few days after unboxing their new iPhone 4S’. But it becomes clear pretty quickly that Siri is better suited to searching for a nearby Thai restaurant or scheduling a wake-up call than to deep existential conversations or a ...

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Jad Abumrad - Radio Killed the Video Star

Radio
over 2 years ago

What’s the Big Idea? Chances are you’d have been laughed out of the offices of most Hollywood producers if, a year ago, you had suggested that a silent movie could win five academy awards, three Golden Globes, and seven BAFTAs. But that’s exactly what happened in 2012: to date, the Artist, a ...

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A Biological Basis for the Unconscious?

Freud%20brain
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? Today, the question of how people make decisions is an animated and essential one, capturing the attention of everyone from neuroscientists to lawyers to artists. In 1956, there was one person in all of New York known for his work on the brain: Harry Grundfest. An aspiring ...

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Dispatch from the Ideas Economy

Ideas-economy-365x227
over 2 years ago

The Economist hosted its "Ideas Economy" event this week at the Berkeley Haas School of Business to talk about disruptive technologies, entrepreneurship, and economic growth.  The focus of the event was innovation, but the conversation ranged from neuroscience to 3D-printed meat, and everything in ...