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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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Spy Game

over 4 years ago

After giving its students laptops to take home, a Pennsylvania high school is accused of remotely activating the computers' webcams to monitor students' behavior.


Hero's Welcome

over 4 years ago

Former head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, Mohamed ElBaradei is considered a potential rival to the incumbent Egyptian president and was given a strong welcome upon returning home.


Sex On The Brain

over 4 years ago

The natural sex hormone progesterone first used in contraceptive pills and naturally extracted from yams seems likely to reduce swelling and repair neurons in patients with severe head trauma.


Hacking 101

over 4 years ago

U.S. authorities have traced the I.P. addresses used to hack Google gmail accounts to a vocational school in China but who is responsible for the cyber attacks is a question that lingers.


Joe Stack's Homegrown Terrorism

over 4 years ago

Terrorism is not an ideology. What makes something a terrorist act is not the political cause that motivates it or the background of the people involved. Terrorism is a particular type of violence, in which random or symbolic targets are attacked to intimidate them. The aim is not to achieve ...

Think, See, Feel

Tiger, Forgiven

over 4 years ago

Tiger’s statement recalled the words of Saint Augustine, who said, “Make me chaste—but not yet.” There is something about society's axiomatic forgiveness in the face of apology (especially when religion is referenced) that makes Tiger’s statement today at once a tour de force of public relations ...