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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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Edge of Space

December 9, 2009, 6:35 AM
“How much would you pay for a trip into space? A lot of people are wondering that after the company Virgin Galactic unveiled the first-ever commercial passenger spaceship on Monday. The sleek, black-and-white spacecraft was created in the hope of developing a space tourism industry. Already, 300 people have agreed to pay $200,000 for a trip to the edge of space. The specially designed plane will be carried into the atmosphere by another plane and released. Rocket engines would then carry the craft to about 60 miles above Earth. Passengers would be able to see the curvature of the planet and experience weightlessness. The space plane was developed under great secrecy in the Mojave Desert in California. Testing is expected to begin next year; if all goes well, actual flights could begin in 2011.”

Edge of Space

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