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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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Black Carbon

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over 4 years ago

“Black carbon, the soot emitted when fuels like diesel, wood and coal are burned, may have a bigger impact on climate in some areas than greenhouse gases. New research presented here at the American Geophysical Union meeting shows that the 20 percent decrease in the extent of Himalayan glaciers ...

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Web Censorship

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Australians are outraged at government plans to censor the internet after trials found that filtering a blacklist of banned sites didn’t slow the web down. “But critics, including the online users' lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia and the Greens communications spokesman Scott Ludlam, said ...

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Feeling Lucky?

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“Google has sparked mystery by launching an unexplained countdown that only appears when users press the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button on the search engine's homepage. The feature, which usually takes users directly to the top result for their query, has been programmed to display a ticker when no ...

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Ice Cube Ahead!

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over 4 years ago

An ice-making kit which urges drinkers to recreate the sinking of Titanic using ice cube replicas of the ship and surrounding icebergs has been branded “sick” by consumers. “A cube-making kit called Gin and Titonic jokes: ‘Sink another round!’ Historian Brian Ticehurst said: ‘They are distasteful ...

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Eruption?

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over 4 years ago

Thousands have been evacuated from the areas surrounding the Mayon volcano in the Philippines after it began oozing lava and shooting plumes of ash. “State volcanologists raised the alert level on the cone-shaped, 8,070-foot (2,460-meter) Mayon volcano overnight to two steps below a major eruption ...

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Atomic Threat

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over 4 years ago

Iran may have tested a key component of atomic bombs as recently as 2007 according to diplomats – a claim that undermines Iran’s insistence its nuclear development is civilian. “The diplomats commented on a Times of London report about what it called a confidential Iranian technical document ...

Daylight Atheism

Christian Missionaries Are Doing God's Work

Dabanner
over 4 years ago

By Sarah Braasch I leaned over to one of my teammates. "Why are there so many fat, white people on the plane? We're going to Ethiopia. We're flying Ethiopian Airlines." "They're missionaries," she responded, completely uninterested. "What?" I gasped. It had never occurred to me. I was ...

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A Stimulating History

Vibrators
over 4 years ago

Rarely has so much buzz surrounded a Big Think guest. It was our pleasure today to have historian of technology Dr. Rachel Maines in to discuss her bestselling 1999 volume, "The Technology of Orgasm: 'Hysteria,' Vibrators and Women's Sexual Satisfaction," as well as her participation in a recent ...