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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 Twelve Days of Floating University: Big Think’s Holiday Countdown

December 14, 2011, 5:13 PM


Whatever your traditions, the holidays are a time to drink egg nog lattes, reconnect with friends and family, struggle gracefully to keep calm, and look back on all you achieved in 2011. Here at Big Think, we’ve been working hard to create and develop the Floating University, an e-learning platform featuring our Great Big Ideas course, which was the first class ever to be offered simultaneously by Harvard, Bard, And Yale. 


So we’re doing something else we’ve never been done before: we’re starting the party twelve days early. In celebration of the people who matter most to us - you - we’ll feature one clip from each of our Floating University lectures on the homepage every day.

Afterall, knowledge is the gift that keeps on giving. And what would you do with a partridge in a pear tree, anyway?

During this period, we are also offering discounted subscriptions to Big Think readers. You can now subscribe and gift this course for $99. Please sign up and then subscribe using the coupon code THINK to get the discount.


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