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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 Thursday, April 03, 2014

It's been quite a few years for scientific discoveries. The "smoking gun" of the Big Bang Theory was discovered. And last year, the Higgs boson--the elusive "God particle"--was found. From the human brain to the cosmos, there's still so much that we do not know. In science, the theories still seem to outnumber the breakthroughs. Today's big idea honors what we do know--the discoveries that allows us to stretch further. 


  1. 1 "Particle Fever": The Dramatic Search for the Higgs Boson
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  2. 2 What’s Next After the Higgs?
    Michio Kaku Dr. Kaku's Universe
  3. 3 Errol Morris: Disbelieving is Seeing
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  4. 4 How to Discuss Science in an Age of Cable News
    Alex Berezow Experts' Corner


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