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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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What Dolce Vita?

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over 4 years ago

The New York Times’ Earl Wilson ponders the disorganisation and chaos of beautiful Italy as he attempts to board an airplane from an airport that looks the same as it did in 1944. “ I actually got nostalgic for U.S. air travel. I did. It felt weird, like pining for root-canal treatment, and it ...

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“Accounting Gimmicks”

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Lehman Brothers, the bank which collapsed in September 2008 and sparked global economic meltdown, could face legal action over accounting “gimmicks” revealed in a recent report. “A court-appointed US bankruptcy examiner has concluded that there are grounds for legal claims against top Lehman ...

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Europe’s Engine

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As Europe’s biggest economy, Germany needs to learn change if it is to help lead the rest of the Eurozone out of the fiscal mire – but can an old dog learn new tricks? As The Economist remarks, a decade ago Germany was “the sick man of Europe”, riddled by high unemployment and slow growth. But it ...

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Don't Try to Fight the Web

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over 4 years ago

CNN president Jon Klein said yesterday that the competition he fears the most comes from social media sites rather than rival cable news channels: "I'm more worried about the 500 million or so people on Facebook versus the 2 million on Fox." Yet another sign that traditional news organizations don ...

As I Please

Is Iraq's Election Being Rigged?

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over 4 years ago

Iraq stands on the edge of a precipice. Widespread claims of electoral fraud have emerged over the past few days as the country went to the polls, and in Brussels, the Head of the European Parliament’s Iraq Delegation Struan Stevenson MEP, has just issued a press release describing the delay in ...

Daylight Atheism

God's Failed Land Promise

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over 4 years ago

In the early chapters of Genesis, Yahweh makes a sweeping promise to Abraham, forefather of the Jewish people: "In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates." —Genesis 15 ...

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Hermaphrochickens

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“Chicken sex doesn’t work like ours. No, not that sex — but the process by which an embryo becomes a recognizably male or female animal. Unlike mammals, it’s not hormones that dictate a chicken’s sex. It’s a fundamental property of the cells themselves. But this only became apparent when biologists ...