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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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Coup Charges

over 4 years ago

Eight more army officers were jailed by a Turkish court pending charges of plotting a coup, in a move that has increased tension between the country’s government and the armed forces.

Strange Maps

447 - Old Lisbon (Not New Amsterdam)

over 4 years ago

Even old New York / Was once New Amsterdam / Why they changed it I can’t say / People just liked it better that way - They Might Be Giants: “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” This map is doubly strange. It simultaneously depicts the wrong city, and under a previous name – the former error ...

Novel Copy

Dinosaur Bones

over 4 years ago

If the Internet is understood as the democratization of information, then the print and TV news that preceded it was a fiefdom. In this fiefdom, feudal news producers condescended to let the people know about all the different goings-on in the world, but at least they seemed like benevolent ...


Facebook Work

over 4 years ago

Procrastinating at work on Twitter and Facebook might actually make us more productive and have positive benefits on our work and boost creativity, according to new research.


Word to Writers

over 4 years ago

The Salon’s Laura Miller gives a word to the to wannabe writers - summarising the rules for writing fiction and advice from the point of view of a consumer rather than a fellow scribe.