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We are Big Idea Hunters…

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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Hacked off Blogger

over 4 years ago

“A few days ago I got a tweet that my personal blog was hacked. I checked it out and found an animated Turkish flag and some text where my blog used to be. My hosting company had already noticed what had happened and only minutes later everything was back to normal again. The WordPress install that ...


Silicon Battery

over 4 years ago

Scientists have developed an eco-friendly silicon air battery capable of working for thousands of hours before running out. Technicians at the Technicion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed the device from silicon and oxygen and say that the new battery could be used for medical ...


You Think?

over 4 years ago

A recent brain scan study suggests that men and women respond differently to danger – with men primed to fight and women responding with emotion. “ A team from Krakow, in Poland, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to assess brain activity when 40 volunteers were shown various images ...


Smoke This!

over 4 years ago

“At most colleges marijuana is very much an extracurricular matter. But at Med Grow Cannabis College, marijuana is the curriculum: the history, the horticulture and the legal how-to’s of Michigan’s new medical marijuana program. ‘This state needs jobs, and we think medical marijuana can stimulate ...


Still Not the Party of Ideas

over 4 years ago

The battle for control of the Republican Party continues. Earlier this week, 10 Republican National Committee members circulated a resolution aimed at making sure that every Republican supports "conservative principles and public policies" and opposes "Obama's socialist agenda." Any Republican who ...

Daylight Atheism

Revised "About the Author" Page

over 4 years ago

I've revised the "About the Author" page that can be found via a link on the bottom of the sidebar. The first version of this page was dashed off just before Daylight Atheism was launched, and was never very informative. The new version is more detailed, so if you want to know more about the ...