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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 Five Sunday Reads

May 17, 2009, 11:55 AM

Pour another coffee and cuddle up with some material to round out your weekend.

Niall Ferguson tells us the truth about financial deregulation, in case you thought it was totally for blame for our current straits.

Taking Richard Florida to task, Joel Kotkin says what American cities need is an economically solid middle class, not a high-earning creative class that flits from cool place to cool place.

Do we draw a bit too much from Paolo Friere's Pedagogy of the Oppressed in all the urban savior teacher-ed programs?

Jeff Sachs, Esther Duflo, Geoffrey Canada, Naomi Klein, Malcolm Gladwell and David Remnick speak at the New Yorker Summit 2009.

The unanswered questions about Obama's vision for health care in America get their due at Salon.


Big Think's Five Sunday Reads

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