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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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Big Think's 10 Most Popular Videos of 2010

December 29, 2010, 12:00 AM

As the year draws to a close, it's time again to take a look back at some videos that really struck a chord with our audience this year.  A glance through our 10 Most Popular Videos of 2010 shows a range of topics—from online dating to astrophysics to atheism—that resonated with our viewers. Jason Fried's look at interruptions in the workplace came out on top, followed by evolutionary biologist Satoshi Kanazawa and astronomer Edward Sion close behind.

Here they are, in decreasing order of popularity:

  1. Why You Can't Work at Work — Jason Fried
  2. Why You Can't Get a Date (Here's the Math) — Satoshi Kanazawa
  3. A Supernova Could Nuke Us — Edward Sion
  4. Abandon Earth—Or Face Extinction — Stephen Hawking
  5. Why Online Dating Is So Unsatisfying — Dan Ariely
  6. Drug Our Drinking Water — Jacob Appel
  7. Why It's So Hard for Scientists to Believe in God — Francis Collins
  8. Reading the Bible (Or the Koran, Or the Torah) Will Make You an Atheist — Penn Jillette
  9. Apple's App Store Is a "Warehouse of S**t" — David Heinemeier Hansson
  10. Why the Clintons Are Married — Helen Fisher

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