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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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Resurgence

Cisco's New Router Precursor To Web 3.0

Cisco-rs1
over 4 years ago

My soon-to-be seventy year old father called me around dinnertime on Saturday. He was having a problem adding some text to his website, he said, and wanted me to take a look at it. This is one of those rare times in our father-son relationship when he is willing to give up the position of authority ...

Politeia

Working Late

Hampl
over 4 years ago

The recession has been hard on most of us. A Brookings study found that American households lost $13 trillion of wealth—that's more than $40,000/person and about 15% of our net worth. With 15 million Americans jobless—and many of those out of work a long time—many of us are still using up our ...

Think, See, Feel

We Are All Kathryn Bigelow Now

Bigelow
over 4 years ago

Barbra Streisand said it: “The time has come.” Watching Bigelow ascend the stage was meaningful for many people for many reasons, but meaningful for all women for one: it can be done. There is something in Bigelow that makes us want to be better versions of ourselves, insofar as there is something ...

Strange Maps

448 - Germany's Worst School Names

Missing
over 4 years ago

Is there such a thing as collective guilt? Or if not that, then at least some kind of national responsibility for past state crimes? Was the Nazi period a freak of history, or an inevitable culmination of the revanchist, reactionary forces of German nationalism? And what did grandad do during ...