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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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Sign of Justice?

November 5, 2009, 5:51 AM
“I stole from a nine year-old girl on her birthday! Don’t steal or this could happen to you!” reads a large white placard held by a defeated looking middle-aged woman with dyed blond hair and a purple jacket sitting by the side of the road in Bedford. This slightly Draconian punishment was given to Tina Greikspoor and her daughter after they swiped and used a gift card belonging to a child that had been placed on a shelf in Walmart while an employee helped her. The pair were made to stand outside the courthouse wielding their signs for more than four hours in a creative piece of retribution. The nine year-old’s mother drove past the courthouse in order to teach her daughter the importance of obeying the law.

Sign of Justice?

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