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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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Evolutionary Enlightenment: Spiritual Teacher Andrew Cohen Live, Friday 4/13 at 4pm Eastern

April 11, 2012, 1:28 PM

Spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen will be joining us on Big Think Live this Friday at 4pm Eastern time. His philosophy and spiritual method, evolutionary enlightenment, is an approach to achieving collective – rather than personal and narcissistic – spiritual evolution in order to positively transform the world. 

Read Andrew Cohen’s recent Big Think series on Love: 

Cohen’s new Big Think blog, the Evolution of Enlightenment, launches this Friday, too. It will explore “the evolving edge of progressive spirituality, and how the answers to our deepest questions about meaning, purpose, and where we're headed are changing with the times we’re living in. Building upon Cohen’s recent Big Think series on love, the blog will examine “the deeper dimensions underlying the biggest issues of the day, from love and relationships to politics and the environment to the latest trends in philosophical thought, providing a fresh, insightful, and enlightening perspective on the human experience in the 21st century.”

Please share your questions about Evolutionary Enlightenment, spiritual practice, and human purpose. We’ll choose several to ask Andrew in Friday’s interview. 


In a recent talk, Andrew Cohen answers the question “What is the Purpose of Life?”






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