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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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Dr. Kaku's Universe

Is There Intelligent Life in the Universe?

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about 4 years ago

The distances separating the stars are so vast that it would take a very advanced civilization—perhaps thousands or even millions of years more advanced than ours—to bridge those distances. In other words, any extraterrestrial civilization that visited us, hypothetically or in reality, would be ...

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Pay-Per-Disease?

Missing
about 4 years ago

"Why don't doctors do a better job of matching the right patients with the right procedures?" asks Darshak Sanghavi. "Observers tend to blame this mess on our 'fee-for-service' payment system. The more doctors do, the more they are paid; rather than rewarding quality, insurers pay for quantity ...

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Rapt Attention

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about 4 years ago

"Concentration can be had, but for most of us it is only by setting oneself against the things that routinely destroy it, writes Sven Birkerts. "When it is achieved it can yield experiences that are more rewarding for being singular and hard-won. To achieve deep focus nowadays is also to have struck ...

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Our Cousin, the Frog

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about 4 years ago

"What's the difference between a frog, a chicken, a mouse and a human? Not as much as you'd think, according to an analysis of the first sequenced amphibian genome." The genome of a western clawed frog has now been analyzed, and researchers say it's surprisingly similar to that of the mouse and the ...

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Warming Feedback Loop

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about 4 years ago

"Scientists know that the Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the rest of the planet on average, a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification," writes Michael Lemonick. "And they have a pretty good idea of why: warmer temperatures lead to more meltback in sea ice in the summer, which exposes more ...

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Language in the Brain

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about 4 years ago

Researchers have determined that there is no single part of the human brain that gives it advanced language capabilities. Rather, humans rely on multiple parts of the brain—all of which are related evolutionary to different primitive functions—to extract meaning from sentences. "Depending on the ...