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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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Bee Faster

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over 4 years ago

Researchers have found that bees see the world nearly five times as quickly as humans do. Bumblebees have the fastest color vision of all animals, helping them to navigate through bushes to find food. Fast-flying insects commonly have an ability to see quickly, but it's now clear that bees' color ...

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Anti-Laptop Classrooms

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Educators have long clamored to put computing technology in the hands of young students, but now university authorities—seeing the distraction that the Internet and social media can cause—are trying to get them to turn off their computers in class. "The trend of laptop-banning seems strongest at law ...

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Twain's Fame

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"'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' may be the great American novel and Mark Twain the great American novelist, but in his own lifetime—which ended exactly a hundred years ago today—Twain was read more widely as a travel writer," writes Nathanial Rich, who looks at the roots of Twain's fame. But ...

Focal Point

Video: Extreme Makeover, Blogger Edition

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over 4 years ago

I have good news and bad news on the JUNO front. The bad news is that my partner, Darcy James Argue, and Secret Society didn't take home the statuette for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for Infernal Machines. On the upside, drippy teen phenom Justin Bieber didn't win anything, either. Further ...

Strange Maps

458 - The Lost State of Jefferson

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. . Step up and meet Jefferson, the 49th state of the Union, this pamphlet announces. The proponents of this US state-to-be, made up of California’s northern parts and southern bits of Oregon, seem to have been firm believers in the strategy of the fait accompli, for their handbill states: If ...

Mind Matters

Now, THIS Is "New Wave"

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over 4 years ago

Here at Mind Matters we strive to be your full-service source of octopus-cognition news. And in my last post on that, I described humans making videos for octopuses. So it's only fitting that I link to this film—a human-mollusc video event where the shoe is on the other tentacle. Diver Victor ...

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Warming? Ask Business.

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While political debates might suggest that the question of climate change is yet unresolved (or worse, a shady liberal scheme), the world of industry and commerce is convinced that global warming is real, and imminent. Companies' greed plants them inevitably in the "reality-based community" writes ...

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After Eyjafjallajökull

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Big Think blogger Michio Kaku writes that a "perfect storm" of wind and ice conditions turned the Icelandic volcano eruption into a crisis. He looks at three scenarios for what might come next, and suggests that in the wake of this crisis we need more active reconnaissance of volcanoes, stronger ...

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My Brain Is Full

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"Although there must be a physical limit to how many memories we can store, it is extremely large. We don’t have to worry about running out of space in our lifetime," writes Paul Reber, professor of psychology at Northwestern University. He adds that while the brain's exact storage capacity for ...