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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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6 Degrees

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almost 5 years ago

The world is on course for a “catastrophic” 6 degrees centigrade rise in temperature by the end of the century, which means the worst-case predictions for climate change are coming true, according to The Independent. The rise in temperature will be much higher near the poles, which scientists say ...

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Respectfully, Lincoln

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almost 5 years ago

“A letter written by former US President Abraham Lincoln to a schoolboy nearly 150 years ago is to go on sale for $60,000 in Philadelphia,” reports the BBC. “The handwritten, signed note confirms the pair met and was sent two weeks after the Lincoln's inauguration. The letter reads: ‘Whom it may ...

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Oenophilic Pyramid

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almost 5 years ago

A businessman dealing in vintage wines has pleaded guilty to setting fire to $200m worth of vintage wines in what is believed to be an attempted cover-up of an oenophilic pyramid scheme. Mark Anderson, a native of Berkeley, admitted arson on a warehouse in Vallejo which destroyed six billion bottles ...

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Genetic Bust

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Privacy concerns have been raised after a leading genetics company pioneering personal DNA testing went bankrupt yesterday. “DNA profiles belonging to thousands of people who have paid up to £600 for internet genetic tests are to be transferred to a new organisation, after deCODE Genetics filed for ...

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Childish Fears

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Young children who are insensitive to fear are more likely to go on to commit crimes, according to psychologists. “Even at the tender age of 3, children who will go on to be convicted of a crime are less likely to learn to link fear with a certain noise than those who don't. This may mean that an ...

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Hair Trigger

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“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he will include a public option that states can vote to opt out of in his version of the health care reform bill that could be unveiled as early as Wednesday. But that certainly hasn't ended the debate in the Senate about what kind of public option may ...

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Twin Success

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Conjoined twin girls connected at the head have been successfully separated after 29 hours of surgery. The three-year-olds, whose mother died giving birth to them in Bangladesh, were operated on in Melbourne, Australia by 16 surgeons. The team said the procedure was successful, but it was not ...

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What’s Out There?

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“Something big is out there beyond the visible edge of our universe. That's the conclusion of the largest analysis to date of over 1000 galaxy clusters streaming in one direction at blistering speeds. Some researchers say this so-called ‘dark flow’ is a sign that other universes nestle next door ...

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“Mouse Goat”

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A now-extinct breed of miniature goats had bones that resemble a crocodile’s, according to a new study. The Myotragus, otherwise known as the “mouse goat”, which stood at about 19 inches tall, reportedly developed characteristics of cold-blooded reptiles in order to survive life on the island of ...

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Criminal Belief?

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“[Australia’s] independent senator Nick Xenophon has accused the Church of Scientology of being a criminal organisation, calling for it to be investigated by police and the Parliament,” reports the Sydney Morning Herald. “Senator Xenophon yesterday used parliamentary privilege to attack the church ...

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Mystery Volcano Photo #15

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almost 5 years ago

It has been a slow week for volcano news (and a busy week for me), so I apologize for the abundance of MVPs this week. I've tried to find a good one in the many images submitted to me by Eruptions readers, and #15 is just one of those photos. If you have images you'd like to share with me for MVP ...