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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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Science or Fiction?

December 23, 2009, 5:52 AM
“The science fiction blockbuster ‘Avatar’ is set on a mysterious alien moon with out-of-this-world technologies. Its star director, James Cameron, has not only directed other science fiction epics like ‘Aliens, The Abyss’ and the first two ‘Terminator’ films, but was apparently the president of his high school science club, a physics major in college and has an engineer brother who has designed underwater robots. So how much science is there in ‘Avatar’?” Well, while the moon Pandora where the film is set is fictional, it is located in the real Alpha Centauri system where, although none have yet been discovered, scientists are working on detecting such moons with the James Webb Space Telescope. Also, every creature on Pandora is “biolumenescent” which means it can produce light. On Earth we have bioluminescent creatures such as fireflies and some sea algae. The list goes on…

Science or Fiction?

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