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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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Obama's "In It to Win"

over 4 years ago

Has President Obama given up on being bipartisan? New Yorker editor David Remnick, author of the new Obama biography "The Bridge," thinks that while the President's political personality "aims toward conciliation," he's "not some kind of pie-eyed idealist." Charm is a useful tool, says Remnick, but ...

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over 4 years ago

The first job my mother ever held involved plucking hundreds of dandelions by their tenacious little roots from her family’s tiny lawn. Her father had set her to the task, and incentivized her by paying her a penny a pop. Like most Americans in the 50s, he disliked weeds. A lot. But the times they ...


Fat Hurts the Brain

over 4 years ago

Several studies have concluded that obesity accelerates the process of dementia. People who are overweight in their 40s are more likely to show a rapid, pronounced decline in brain function in their 70s.


Poetic Messiah

over 4 years ago

"No poet has ever been so influential, so controversial, and so little read" as Ezra Pound, writes Jamie James. After him, "anyone aspiring to be a poetic messiah would be shunned as a charlatan."