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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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Want to be a Philosopher King? Leave a Comment, Earn a Badge

November 2, 2011, 3:32 PM

Are you a Big Thinker? Are you a Serial Thinker? Are you always the first person to offer your opinion? Then there's a good chance you're an Ice Breaker.

You have probably noticed these badges appearing next to people's names in the comment section of all Big Think articles and videos. The badges are a series of titles that apply to Big Think readers who are among our most frequent and popular commentors. There are ten badges in total, and here is what they all mean:

Leaderboard position less than 101*

Big Thinker
Leaderboard position less than 51*

Free Thinker
Leaderboard position less than 11*

Philosopher King
Leaderboard position less than 2*

Number of comments posted greater than 50

Idea Advocate    
Number of likes given greater than 50

Number of replies received greater than 10 

Pop Thinker    
Number of likes received greater than 15   

Ice Breaker    
Number of times being the first comment greater than 20  

Serial Thinker    
Number of visits to the site greater than 500

*The leaderboard positions are determined by an absolute value that is assigned by Disqus, our commenting system


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