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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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Today's Big Idea: Metalearning

The Big Idea for Thursday, May 09, 2013

Metalearning is an increasingly important concept in education – not just at the grade school level but throughout the lifespan. It means "learning about learning," or, practically speaking, studying the techniques and skills involved in learning so as to optimize understanding, problem-solving, and retention of new information. 

Today, Big Think launches an historic new venture with Big Think Mentor, one of a handful of new paid subscription channels on YouTube. Based on a metalearning "core curriculum for the 21st century," Mentor connects world-class mentors like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Julia Galef, and Tim Ferriss with a global community of smart, driven users to teach the habits of mind and people skills we need to live happier, healthier, more productive lives.



  1. 1 What if Neil deGrasse Tyson Were Your Mentor?
    Jason Gots Big Think Mentor
  2. 2 How to Cook Like a Pro (And Learn to Live the Good Life) in Four Hours
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  3. 3 How the Westboro Baptist Church Can Help You Lose Weight
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  4. 4 How to Improve Your Athletic (and Other) Performance Through Self-talk
    Maria Konnikova Artful Choice

Today's Big Idea: Metalearning

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