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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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Role Model

almost 5 years ago

What impact will Disney’s first black princess have on kids? The Independent’s Paul McKenzie asks why even watching the advert has got his daughter so excited.

As I Please

Is Iran Fixing Iraq's Elections?

almost 5 years ago

I’m standing in the entrance lobby to the European Parliament in Brussels, and suddenly there is a flurry of activity. A group of middle-aged Middle Eastern men, bunched together and clearly on a mission, are being ushered quickly through security. My friend, an Assyrian Christian, immediately ...

Waq al-Waq

Congress Tackles Qat

almost 5 years ago

So I've been battling a cold the last few days, and have been losing. You know- foggy, can't think straight, haven't had the energy to blog. So imagine, if you will, the curative powers that overcame me, as if I were dipped into the healing waters of Warm Springs, when I found out that Congress ...

Trend World

Collecting Data Through Your Cell Phone

almost 5 years ago

In a world that seems to be governed more and more by hard data, the search is on to find the fastest and easiest way for collecting that data. With metrics assisting in the decision-making process with everything from sports to business to policy, how can we compile figures around the world in an ...

Novel Copy

Murdoch Posts Big Fat Profits

almost 5 years ago

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation announced quarterly profits of $254 million today. It’s a sure sign that, as the industry leader plans to make readers pay for the online content of all its newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and the Times of London, more and more newspapers will try to ...

Daylight Atheism

Book Review: The Quantum Mechanic

almost 5 years ago

Summary: A compelling atheist thought experiment, wrapped inside a cleverly plotted and fast-paced tale of transhumanist fiction. This isn't the first time I've reviewed a book written by a fellow blogger, but it's always a pleasure for me to do, and this one was particularly pleasurable to read ...