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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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Asteroids Can Have Rings

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NASA recently announced a cool discovery: asteroids can have rings! Luckily, the one that revealed this is not headed for us.  The asteroid 10199 Chariklo, orbiting the sun between Saturn and Uranus, has at least two orbiting rings, making it the smallest known ringed object.  NASA has more ...

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3 Ways to Rise Above Reptilian Leadership

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Just about everyone wants to believe that their leaders – in governments, companies, or even the local PTA – will exude benevolence. The shared hopes of constituents, shareholders, and even Costco members is that the people at the top get their notions about how to run things from an ethical place ...

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Defining the Nuclear Threat in 2014

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Since the end of the Cold War, popular anxiety over the nuclear threat has largely shifted to a fear of terrorism. But prospects of global atomic annihilation did not, sadly, end in the 1980s.  Let's start with a few facts and figures. Total nuclear warheads in the world: ~10,000 Total ...