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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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Youth Justice

October 30, 2009, 6:38 AM
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court yesterday dismissed five years’ worth of juvenile convictions (amounting to over 6,500 cases) having ruled that the jailed kids had not had a fair hearing. The move comes after former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella was charged with accepting millions of dollars in kickbacks in exchange for sending young offenders to detention centers. "This is exactly the relief these kids needed," said Marsha Levick, the legal director of Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, which represents some of the youths, told MSNBC. "It's the most serious judicial corruption scandal in our history and the court took an extraordinary step in addressing it."

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