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We are Big Idea Hunters…

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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Reality Bites

November 26, 2009, 5:46 AM
“Teenager Erin Westrate has admitted that she made up the story about being bitten on the neck by a stranger while seeing a showing of the new Twilight movie ‘New Moon.’ Police say they interviewed her again this morning and concluded her story did not hold up. Police say Westrate admitted to embellishing her story and that she was flirting with the man involved. Authorities say there may have been physical contact between Westrate and the man, but it was not an assault.” It had previously been reported that “The vampire action got a little too real for one ‘New Moon’ fan when she went to the theater to catch the blockbuster movie. Erin Westrate was sitting behind a 'creepy' 30 to 40-year-old man who kept turning around making sexual comments to her.” Then when she was waiting in line to leave the theater he reportedly grabbed her by the hair, pulled her down, and bit the back of her neck.

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