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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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December 23, 2009, 5:48 AM
A verdict on the trial of China’s most prominent dissident will be reached on Christmas day following a hearing which lasted just two hours. “Liu Xiaobo pleaded not guilty to charges of subversion at the Beijing Number One People’s Intermediate Court this morning. His lawyer Shang Baojun told The Times he was unable to say anything more until after sentencing. Mr Liu's wife, Liu Xia, and foreign diplomats were banned from proceedings although his brother-in-law Liu Hui was allowed in to court. Liu Hui said the prosecution did not say what sort of jail term they wanted if Liu Xiaobo is found guilty on Friday. It was the first time that Liu Xiaobo, 53, has faced the full force of the legal system during two decades of activism distinguished by his bold calls for democracy and greater freedom of speech. Mrs Liu, an artist, voiced despair about the likely outcome. She said: ‘I have no hope whatsoever. I can’t even attend the trial.’”

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