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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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Good Neighbours?

over 4 years ago

The foreign secretaries of squabbling neighbours India and Pakistan have agreed to meet to discuss building a “climate of trust for future talks”, according to government sources.


Mossad Accused

over 4 years ago

Dubai has pointed the finger of blame at Israel’s national intelligence agency, Mossad, for the suspected hit-squad assassination of Hamas military commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.


Cold Snap

over 4 years ago

The huge snowstorms that hit the mid-Atlantic states may have done more than just close roads and schools. They may also have had a chilling effect on climate change legislation in Congress. On the face of it, a record-breaking snowstorm seems to give the lie to the idea that earth could be getting ...

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How Church Can Make You Really, Really Fat

over 4 years ago

Conventional wisdom tells us that church is good for us and obesity is bad for us. So what are we finding when we research the link between the two? On both superficial and profound levels, we could be finding that regular church attendance could cause peace of mind at your waistline’s expense. It ...

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The Future in Motion

over 4 years ago

Today marks the first day of our series on the future of mobility, with interviews with Beyond the Edge founder Richard Schaden; former mayor of Bogota Enrique Penalosa; and Terreform ONE founder Mitchell Joachim. Every Wednesday we will release new interviews with people who are changing the way ...


Vaporize This!

over 4 years ago

Lasers are vaporizing materials including rocks and steel in order to allow scientists to analyze their chemical composition in transference of such techniques from Mars probes to forensics.