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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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The Importance of Being a Cartoonist

December 18, 2009, 6:00 PM

This afternoon, Michael Kupperman, the man Conan O'Brien calls "one of the best comedy brains on the planet," came in for his close-up with Big Think. Despite freezing weather in New York, the Brooklyn-based cartoon artist and author of two books—"Snake'N'Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret" and his just published "Tales Designed to Thrizzle"—crossed the East River to speak with us about where he finds comic inspiration: namely, the absurd.

Along with explaining the importance of cartooning—"It's the sister art to film"—Kupperman also told a few hilarious stories from his own life. One involved a past employer that had inspired a cartoon character of his own. When his muse (Bossman on paper) discovered his work, young Kupperman was quickly confronted and axed. Stay tuned for more.


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