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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 Big Idea for Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The key to knowledge in the 21st century is not what you know, or the facts you have accumulated in your head. Answers to questions are not an end result. Instead, students today need to master the acquisition of knowledge.

In today's lesson, science popularizer Ainissa Ramirez argues that the "traditional academic skills of reading, ’riting, and ’rithmetic must be replaced with creativity, curiosity, critical thinking and problem solving, and collaborative and communication skills in order to solve the complex problems of tomorrow."

By emphasizing these skills, students will get to the answers through curiosity, "and figuring out how to ask the whys in order to gain access to knowledge."


  1. 1 We Need a New Kind of Learner
    Ainissa Ramirez Experts' Corner
  2. 2 Transforming the Workplace: Critical Skills and Learning Methods for the Successful 21st Century Worker
    Sam Herring Experts' Corner
  3. 3 The future of learning
    Scott McLeod
  4. 4 Tim Ferriss: How to Cook Like a Pro in 4 Hours
    Tim Ferriss

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