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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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Osama Close Up?

October 29, 2009, 6:53 AM
In a new video of a sermon by Abu Yahya al Libi released by Al Qaeda’s media unit on Tuesday night a shadowy figure can be seen in the blurred footage which some Italian media are suggesting is Osama Bin Laden. “The screen grabs that were taken from the video are frustratingly blurry, but the figure does bear at least a passing resemblance to Bin Laden,” writes The Huffington Post. The video shows the assembled crowd hugging and congratulating al Libi after his sermon, and one of the gathered figures had a beard and a turban similar to Bin Laden’s. Add your opinion to the “Do you think these pictures are of Osama Bin Laden?” online poll being held by The Huffington Post.

Osama Close Up?

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