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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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Rise of China

over 4 years ago

Should the next generation learn Chinese? "Despite China’s rise, Chinese isn’t the world language of the future; the writing system simply makes it far too hard," says Robert Green.


Men's Studies

over 4 years ago

Though nearly every university has a women's studies department, the lack of men's studies in a time of declining male performance is an issue some professors are confronting.


Global Cooling

over 4 years ago

Adding nanoparticles to water increase its thermal conductivity, or its ability to take heat away from something, which could save the world a significant amount of electricity.

Daylight Atheism

Militant Atheism?

over 4 years ago

By Jennifer Filipowicz (aka Super Happy Jen) I posted this a while ago on my blog.  This morning it occurred to me that it belongs here. The other day I was at dinner with my family when my mother refered to me as a militant atheist. It bothered me. One because she waited until I was out of ...