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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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Eruptions

A new heating cycle for Ruapehu

Missing
almost 6 years ago

Ruapehu is a noisy volcano, showing signs of eruptions on a yearly basis. It is also a potentially very hazardous volcano as it produces abundant lahars and has the capacity to generate a catastrophic lahar if the crater lake at the summit were to be breached by an eruption. This is why Ruapehu ...

Daylight Atheism

Little-Known Bible Verses XI: Polygamy

Dabanner
about 6 years ago

In recent years, anti-gay bigots operating under the guise of "defending traditional marriage" have made many statements like this one: "Since the dawn of mankind, the sacred bond of marriage has been correctly defined as a union between one woman and one man. ...Our views on marriage are ...

Daylight Atheism

Advice to Publicists: Know Your Audience

Dabanner
about 6 years ago

A publicist who obviously didn't read my site very carefully sent me this e-mail: Subject: wow...website is giving away free psychic readings with a famous psychic Thought your audience would be interested in this. The savvy staff from the site, wowOwow.com, is offering a refer-a-friend ...

Daylight Atheism

The Bubble

Dabanner
about 6 years ago

The Evangelical Outpost, a major Christian blog, last week published a positive review of Nancy Pearcey's book Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity. In it, Pearcey argues that true Christians must purge their thinking of evolution and all other secular ideas and ...

Daylight Atheism

The Real Enemies of Free Speech

Dabanner
about 6 years ago

Liberty magazine, a publication of the Seventh-Day Adventist church, has recently published "Faith Attack", a polemic by Clifford Goldstein against the New Atheists. The entire article is little more than repetition of the modern equivalent of the medieval blood libel: that atheists like Richard ...

Eruptions

One more break ...

Missing
about 6 years ago

Well, I'll be taking one more break before summer ends here in California (yes, we run on the quarter system, so classes don't start until the end of September). This trip is decidedly non-volcanically related, but I will likely not be posting again until 9/16. As always, be sure to check the ...