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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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Think, See, Feel

Is the Scarlet Letter a G for Goldman?

Scarletletter
over 4 years ago

The members of the Senate Permnanent Subommittee on Investigations were angry. Their anger was predictably performative, and often nasty. McCaskill’s analogy of Goldman Sachs to a bookie managing bets on an MU football game was, while artfully conceived, respectfully dismissed by the quiet bankers ...

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Med Nation

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over 4 years ago

Robert Whitaker’s "Anatomy of an Epidemic" investigates the long-term outcomes of patients treated with psychiatric drugs. Could meds be doing more harm than good?

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Eating for Others

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over 4 years ago

"Modern eco-foodies are full of good intentions," writes Robert Paarlberg. But "the hope that we can help others by changing our shopping and eating habits is being wildly oversold to Western consumers."

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Coastal Collapse?

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over 4 years ago

Jim Titus, the EPA's resident expert on sea-level rise, calculates that a three-foot rise in sea level will push back East Coast shorelines an average of 300 to 600 feet in the next 90 years.

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Trash Power

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over 4 years ago

Norman Steel and Benjamin Miller think New York’s garbage should be processed in waste-to-energy plants which produce energy, and are less polluting than landfills.