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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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Editor's Choice of Top 10 Videos of 2009

January 1, 2010, 12:45 PM

The shift of a mere apostrophe by a single letter can make all the difference.  We're referring here not to the "Editors' Choice" videos that are highlighted at the top right of this Web page—the favorite videos of Big Think staffers—but to the clips that piqued the interest and imagination of one staffer in particular, Paul Hoffman, our editorial chairman.  In compiling his 10 "must-watch" videos, he avoided duplicating any ones that were on our just-published list of the 10 most popular videos in 2009.  Not that Paul doesn't share your interest in health, wealth, and happiness, or your enthusiasm for Ricky Gervais and Stephen Fry. It's just that we caught him in a contemplative mood.  If you have a chance to put together a list of your own Big Think favorites, please share it with us.  Here, in no particular order, are Paul's choices:


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