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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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Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

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'Do Not Call' Web Registry Call

December 3, 2010, 7:09 AM
Harvard University professor Jonathan Zittrain supports some sort of global do-not-track system because "there are currently no functioning limits on what data gets collected and how it is used, and the rise of cookie consortia like Doubleclick means otherwise-unrelated Web sites can all quietly serve as collection points for data about us that gets fed to a central source. If kept for long periods of time and not distilled, that data can prove as revealing about us as, say, our search engine histories." But he worries that making opt-out too easy for people could "injure the model that's bringing them free content."
 

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