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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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Suspend Your Disbelief

October 23, 2009, 6:08 AM
“The pumpkins are out on the street in Massachusetts and the shops are full of Halloween. But if there's one thing that's likely to spook out Bostonians this autumn it's the arrival of British theatre company Punchdrunk,” writes Guardian blogger Lyn Gardner. “The company is making their US debut by taking over no fewer than 44 rooms in the Old Lincoln School in Brookline village, a rambling, forbidding building just a few miles from the centre of Boston. The production, a site-specific version of a show that was tried out in London in 2003, is called Sleep No More, and it's a spine-tingling mixture of Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hitchcock, Dunsinane and Du Maurier's Manderley – a blend of secrets and lies, strange scents, whispers, the terrifying caw of crows, and bloody murder.”

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