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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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The Big Idea for Wednesday, April 03, 2013

No one has more questions than a 4-year old. It is a reflection of the child's development at this age and the way the child is experiencing the world. So what happens when the child grows older and goes to high school? We start evaluating the student with grades and pressuring them to succeed according to a rigid set of standards.

Is it any surprise that the student's curiosity about the world starts to shut down? As studies show, high school students ask about one question of substance per month in the classroom.

If the purpose of learning is to build the skills essential for future success, the way that we grade is neither a good indicator of that success or a good motivator to learn. Look no further than to Steve Jobs, who according to Hal Gregersen in today's lesson, was the model of someone who asked the right questions and possessed the right skill set for success in an uncertain world. 

Perspectives

  1. 1 The Future is Uncertain. It's Time to Start Asking the Right Questions.
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Big Think TV
  2. 2 What is your question?
    Deepak Chopra
  3. 3 Innovate, Or Get Out of the Way!
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  4. 4 What is your question?
    Aubrey de Grey
 

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