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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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Obama Comes Out Swinging On Clean Energy

over 3 years ago

Just when clean energy policy appeared to have fallen to the bottom of the national agenda, President Obama gave it renewed political life in his State of the Union Address. Obama called for investment in the "Apollo Projects of our time," to be funded by eliminating "the billions in taxpayer ...

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Karpov vs. Kasparov

over 3 years ago

Theirs is the most fabled rivalry in chess history. Anatoly Karpov, the defensive "boa constrictor," and Garry Kasparov, the aggressive tactician, met for the first time in 1984 in the World Chess Championship. And over the course of their careers, they have played a total of 167 serious games ...

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Does Marijuana Really Trigger Psychosis?

over 3 years ago

Many in the media have speculated that Jared Loughner's heavy use of marijuana could have been in some way behind his recent rampage in Arizona that cost six people their lives, and left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded. Is this claim just media hype or based on real science ...

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How Humanitarian Aid Prolongs Wars

over 3 years ago

Think again before you reach into your pocket to give; the money you donate to feed starving children may actually be prolonging war in places like Darfur and Somalia, says Dutch journalist Linda Polman. Darfur is ruled by quite a sophisticated military regime which charges aid organizations for ...