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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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21st Century Living

Life and relationships in the internet age

21st Century Living

Too Sexy for My Boss

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9 months ago

I’m a proud native Iowan, but the news out of my home state involving a lustful dentist and a “stellar” but “too attractive” dental assistant has me hanging my head. The boss, James Knight, fired Melissa Nelson because he "didn't think it was good for him to see her wearing things that ...

21st Century Living

How To Play A Piano Like A Guitar

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10 months ago

What's the Latest Development? A team of designers, composers and musicians at Queen Mary-University of London has created a addition to the classic piano keyboard that uses touchscreen technology to produce sound effects, such as vibrato and pitch slides, similar to those heard through string ...

21st Century Living

Hacking The Meat Industry

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10 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Late last month, about 300 people gathered at Stanford University to participate in Hack/Meat Silicon Valley, a two-day event that followed a model commonly used for tech-based hackathons. Given a series of real-world challenges in the meat industry, participants ...

21st Century Living

The Power of Trust

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10 months ago

Sooner or later every executive realizes that 99 percent of the people she depends on for success don't report to her. The success of every CEO depends far more on vendors, stockholders, board members, regulators, politicians, strategic partners, the financial community, the media, and customers ...