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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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An Astronaut's Guide to Life

January 8, 2010, 12:12 AM

During his sitdown with Big Think, Astronaut Leroy Chiao explained the challenges of lengthy trips to space, including bone and muscle loss, as well as the dangers of fatigue. But some of the most interesting parts of his interview related to his philosophy on life and how to get ahead. For instance, he explained how growing up in a predominantly white neighborhood in the Midwest was challenging for a first-generation Chinese-American, especially for someone who's small of stature

Along with unique insights into life, Chiao also had fascinating stories to tell about working at NASA in the wake of the Cold War. He described how in the early 1990s, he and many of his colleagues viewed Russian cosmonauts with suspicion until Russo-American relations eventually warmed. Chiao learned Russian in order to win over his new comrades and used this skill as Commander of Expedition 10. 




An Astronaut's Guide to Life

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