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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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As I Please

The Big Stink

over 4 years ago

Three British Labour Members of Parliament and one Conservative Peer are facing charges under the Theft Act, and could if found guilty, be facing up to seven years in jail. This then is the culmination of a quite remarkable series of revelations, which show that nearly half of Britain’s Members of ...


Sound Familiar?

over 4 years ago

In December, The New Republic put together an amusing collection of quotations from conservatives predicting that different social programs would mean the end of the American way of life. There's certainly something unfair about cherry-picking quotations this way. After all, you can always find ...

Daylight Atheism

Photo Sunday: Pharaoh Lake Sunrise

over 4 years ago

This week's guest contributor says: "This is why it pays to rise with the sun. Very few people are blessed with the experience of a wilderness sunrise such as this gem. After a morning like this, the world cannot help but seem a miraculous place." Sunrise, Pharaoh Lake, Adirondack ...

As I Please

In Britain the Conservative Poll Lead Falters

over 4 years ago

A former British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, once famously opined that a ‘week is a long-time in politics’. In which case a month is surely an age. The current British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, survived a botched coup attempt against him barely a month ago, one in which two former Cabinet ...