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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, September 11, 2012

No matter what field you choose to enter -- whether it is finance or the arts -- you will benefit greatly from the  guidance of a mentor. 

Mentors perform a variety of duties for you, whether it is teaching you about a specific issue in business or life; helping you develop a particular skill; opening up networks and resources that will facilitate your growth and challenging you to move out of your comfort zone. 

And yet, one of the most fundamental tasks of a mentor is to provide empathy. After all, as the comedian Margaret Cho testifies to Big Think, the simple advice of someone who cares about you is something you will hold onto for life. 



  1. 1 Back to School Advice from Margaret Cho: Find What You Love & Never Stop Doing It
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Big Think TV
  2. 2 A Lesser-Known Influence in Obama’s Life
    David Remnick
  3. 3 Putting the "Men" Back in "Mentor"
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  4. 4 Goodbye Gordon Gekko. Wall Street Needs Real Mentors.
    Daniel Honan Summer School for the Real World

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