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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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January 23, 2010, 6:04 AM
Stock markets around the world have fallen after President Obama’s plan to reform the American financial industry received broad support from other world leaders. “The Dow Jones plunged by 216 points, or 2%, to close at 10172.98, while the technology heavy Nasdaq fell by 2.6%, or 60 points, to finish at 2205.29. The broader S&P 500 Index also sank by more than 2% to end at 1091.76. Financial shares in both the US and Europe led the fall. Barclays dropped by 4%, while JPMorgan fell 3.4%. Mr Obama - who said he was ‘ready for a fight’ with banks - plans to limit their size and restrict risky trading. ‘Never again will the American taxpayer be held hostage by banks that are too big to fail,’ Mr Obama said. Meanwhile, Japan's Nikkei also closed at a three-week low. Politicians in the UK were quick to sign up to Mr Obama's proposals.“

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