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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, May 13, 2014

Make a list of all the things that you know and then burn it. Watch the barriers to finding new solutions to your old problems go up in smoke. Now experimentation can begin.

In his latest soon-to-be hit book, How to Think Like a Freak, written with economist Steven Levitt, award-winning author and journalist Stephen Dubner takes you through the best strategies for achieving great things. Champions, it turns out, experiment. That's how they discover their winning methods--through trial and error, and redefining their problems.

Perception is the greatest challenge that we face. And we can best mute our assumptions if we take on an attitude of experimentation: leaving ourselves open to new ideas and new insights. That is the only way major breakthroughs happen.


  1. 1 Think Like a Freak
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  2. 2 Try Something New
    Steven Mazie Praxis
  3. 3 How To Think Like a Philosopher
    Big Think Editors Big Think Mentor
  4. 4 Digital J.S. Mill
    Steven Mazie Praxis


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