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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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Uncap and Burn

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over 4 years ago

Washington's plans for a forward-thinking energy policy have been gutted due to the recession and name games that turned cap-and-trade into cap-and-tax. "Less than a year ago, cap and trade was the policy of choice for tackling climate change. Environmental groups and their foes in industry joined ...

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(Clean) Energy Boom

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China's investment in the clean energy sector nearly doubles that of the U.S., but its fossil fuel use is rising fast as well. "Researchers with the Pew Charitable Trusts calculate that China invested $34.6bn in clean energy over the year, almost double the US figure. The UK emerges in third place ...

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Nuclear-Free

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In negotiating an arms control treaty with Russia to reduce nuclear weapon stockpiles, Obama picks up where Kennedy and Reagan left off. "US-Russia agreement on a new treaty to reduce nuclear weapons is being hailed as President Obama’s first real foreign-policy victory and a personal triumph for a ...

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'Dear Poppa'

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The JFK library in Boston will soon display a letter J.D. Salinger wrote to Ernest Hemingway from a German hospital during the Second World War. "It was the summer of 1946 when a young and war-fatigued J.D. Salinger reached out to another writer whose career had also been shaped by war, a writer he ...

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Tea Party Hypocrisy

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A new Bloomberg survey finds that Tea Party activists who criticize Obama for his 'socialist' policies also support government regulation of Wall Street and a job creation programs. "Tea Party activists, who are becoming a force in U.S. politics, want the federal government out of their lives except ...

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Dangerous Beauty

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A former Argentinian beauty queen is now one of South America's most wanted, suspected of using other models to smuggle cocaine out of the country. "She pouts her collagen-filled lips and totters on golden stilettos as she parades down the catwalk. Camera flashes pop in the shaky video recording of ...

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Pay Up

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The Times and Sunday Times of London will begin charging for online subscriptions in June, a move that is meant to boost paper subscription sales. "'Adios. Give me a call when you're free again,' posted Jeannine Steward on Times Online yesterday, shortly after Rupert Murdoch's News International ...

Brave Green World

C’mon Get Happy: Buy Time, Not Stuff

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over 4 years ago

A new study conducted at Cornell University suggests that spending money on experiences (family vacation, massage, guitar lesson) rather than stuff (new flat screen TV, iPhone, set of china) actually can make consumers happier. A line graph would look like this: happiness resulting from spending on ...