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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.

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21st Century Living

Life and relationships in the internet age

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21st Century Living

Mind Memes for May Day

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12 months ago

May 1, or May Day, or the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, the patron saint of workers, is a day that workers were traditionally given off following the planting of the fields that later became a bank holiday and is today an annual occasion for displays of social unrest throughout much of Europe ...

21st Century Living

My Responsibility as an Artist

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12 months ago

What I feel is that I need to give people something that they can grasp onto, that they can understand or comprehend. I think it can be very intimidating for people to go into galleries and see things that they just don’t have any idea of what it is that they’re seeing. That doesn’t touch them and ...

21st Century Living

What You Read is an Ethical Choice

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12 months ago

Your information diet is an ethical choice of yours, so when you’re on the Huffington Post looking at say the Kardashians and you click on the Kardashians, understand that you are not only reading that article, but you’re also voting for that article.   You’re telling an editor to produce more ...

21st Century Living

How to Turn Work Off

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12 months ago

There's a lot of pressure these days to be on, and there are some real, legitimate external factors for people, whether it’s the client might call or the customer might need something or you’re a manager and you manage across time zones.   Those are legitimate reasons why you might be on and ...

21st Century Living

Is Your Grandpa On Facebook Yet?

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about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? A survey of Internet users conducted by British telecom regulator Ofcom revealed that the biggest increase in the number of people using social media occurred among users aged 55 to 64. Today, 35 percent of surveyed people in this group have a social media profile ...