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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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We Need to Pick Up the Slack

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Ernst Weizsäcker, Co-chair of the U.N. International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, believes that we could be doing five times better than we are when it comes to addressing global warming. It's the Anglo-Saxon belief in "no room for government" that's hurting us; we've come to a point ...

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Survival of the Fuzziest

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Social Darwinism, or destructive competition as a means of maintaining society, is an ethically bankrupt ideology and one the U.S. must abandon to remain competitive. "Too often in the United States, co-opetition is conflated with destructive, lowest-common-denominator competition, which has led to ...

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Dangerous Gods

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A feature in the Boston Globe argues that it is delusional and dangerous to think that all religions are paths to the same holy wisdom. "...this lumping of the world’s religions into one megareligion is not just false and condescending, it is also a threat. How can we make sense of the ongoing ...

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Eliot Cum Walcott

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More than any other living poet, Derek Walcott best fulfills T.S. Eliot's poetic ideal following his new publication, writes The New York Times. "This is a book of turning away from all that is modish in literature, from 'the deliberate delight in incoherence, the whiff of chaos / off the first page ...

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A Live Debate

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The Economist is conducting a live debate on whether GDP growth is a poor measure of improving living standards; two of their columnists start the debate. On the one side: "GDP is too narrow a measure of the things that truly matter to humans to be viewed as a valuable indicator in developed nations ...

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Professor Orwell

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The Chronicle of Higher Education recalls George Orwell's advice on writing in order to explain why American academic writing is so unfortunately esoteric and—poorly written. "By writing prose that is nearly unintelligible not just to the general public, but also to graduate students and fellow ...

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The Problem with Socialism...

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The National Review comments on one of William F. Buckley's favorite quotes: "The problem with socialism is socialism; the problem with capitalism is capitalists." "The problem with socialism is socialism, because there are no socialists. Socialism is a system based upon an assumption about human ...

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The Middle Way

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The wealth disparities of naked capitalism are indefensible, but so too is the welfare state; there must be a third way, writes the New Statesman. "Even ardent free-marketeers scarcely foresaw the astonishing increase in disparity of income, particularly in the US. In 1968, the chief executive of ...