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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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No Twitter Death

December 18, 2009, 6:30 AM
Investigators have concluded that Twitter had no role to play in the drowning of a 2-year-old whose mother’s postings prior to his death have been criticised for having “a contributory effect”. “Shellie Ross, 37, has come under fire in the Internet community of Twitter and blogs, with some people writing that her online comments before she found Bryson in their backyard swimming pool contributed to his death. Bryson's story, the debate about Ross' tweeting and discussion of the social media phenomenon itself have gone viral worldwide -- with media attention from The New York Times, the New York Post, USA Today and the BBC in London, as well as from Web sites such as The Huffington Post, Salon and Yahoo! News. Supporters, meanwhile, have been just as vocal online, with several groups of mothers hosting chats Thursday to show sympathy for Ross and to memorialize Bryson.”

No Twitter Death

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