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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.

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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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Interdisciplinary Thinking

The Big Idea for Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fields like physics and economics have a lot in common. If you can understand the mathematical models of physics then you have a gateway into understanding economics. However, while practitioners in the field of economics like to call their theories scientific, they are not always so scientifically sound. And in today's lesson, we see how it takes a physicist to point that out.

The theoretical physicist Lee Smolin says economists before the economic crisis were seduced by physics because it made their arguments for deregulation seem more scientific. They believed, for instance, that an equilibrium was possible. The rest is history. 


  1. 1 Can Physics Save Economics?
    Big Think Editors Big Think TV
  2. 2 The Future of 21st Century Science: Tearing Down Knowledge Silos
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  3. 3 Joi Ito's Deep Dive
    Joi Ito
  4. 4 Scientific Trends to Watch
    Adam Bly

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