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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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Speak Up, and Say Unpopular Things

over 3 years ago

Big Think spoke to The New York Times chief theater critic, Ben Brantley, about the present and future state of journalism and online criticism.  Big Think: Generally speaking, what do think the state of journalism is right now? Ben Brantley:  Journalism is frontier land right now. I don’t ...

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Meet the Wayward Ambassadors

over 3 years ago

It's been a difficult week for governments--both dictatorships and democracies alike--to keep their ambassadors in line. Libya's Ambassador to the U.S., Ali Ojli, urged international action to stop the violence in Libya:  Meanwhile, a separate international incident centered around the U.S ...

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Pearl Square: the New Tahrir Square?

over 3 years ago

Pearl Square in Bahrain's capital Manama is the setting for the latest round of clashes between autocratic Arab leaders and protestors emboldened by other successful Arab revolts. But unlike the revolts in Egypt and Tunisia, which were largely secular, the tenor of the debate in Bahrain is ...

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What Do All Innovators Have in Common?

over 3 years ago

In his 15 years as a staff writer for the New Yorker, bestselling-author Malcolm Gladwell has profiled a host of what he calls "minor geniuses"—innovators or pioneers usually from a niche field or discipline. In talking with dozens of these trailblazers, Gladwell tells Big Think that he noticed ...

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Your Refrigerator Has Become Self-Aware

over 3 years ago

The rise of the machines is upon us—the rise of machine-to-machine connectivity, that is. The next stage of the Internet's development is the "Web of Things." Simply put, this means that the normal, everyday things—appliances, buildings, cars—will be hooked into the web and able to transmit and ...