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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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High Tech Holiday: Ada Lovelace Day

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over 4 years ago

March 24th, for the past two years, has been a new kind of holiday: one created on the Web, with most celebrations occurring online, using technology to turn an eye on society, and vice versa. Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day when bloggers and writers post links and stories about women in ...

Dr. Kaku's Universe

Small-Scale Invisibility Cloaks

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over 4 years ago

For generations, the topic of invisibility has been of great interest. Although it was once dismissed as science fiction, it has now become reality on a small scale. Physics textbooks around the world must be rewritten and scientists must admit that they were wrong. For the first time, scientists ...

Mind Matters

New Study: Breast Cancer Screening Is Useless

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over 4 years ago

Is it time to accept that plenty of cancer-screening in the developed world is motivated by psychological needs, rather than fact? Screening addresses our fears of statistically unlikely horrors, which scare us much more than the car accidents and cheeseburgers that are more likely to kill us. And ...

What's New at Big Think

Prepare to Be Offended

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over 4 years ago

Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics, came by Big Think today to share his unconventional wisdom about highly intelligent people and their preferences. Liberals, he says, are smarter than conservatives. Beautiful people are more intelligent than ugly ones ...

Brave Green World

Dirty Water Kills A Child Every 20 Seconds

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over 4 years ago

Monday the 22nd, World Water Day, marked the launch of World Water Week 2010 – not a bad time to check in on the liquid state of things here on planet earth. Established during the United Nations Environment Programme’s 1992 conference in Rio de Janeiro, World Water Day takes a different theme each ...