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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 Sunday, June 22, 2014

Your mind, beyond being "a terrible thing to waste," can also help you achieve great things and make brilliant decisions. The brain is a malleable, creative, and adaptive organ. Which is why organization is not really about sorting through your inbox and decluttering your desk, it's about learning how to understand your brain and regulate your thinking, as Margaret Moore told Big Think in a recent interview. Moore is the co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. With Paul Hammernness, MD, a psychiatrist at Mass General and professor at Harvard who has been involved in research on the brain and behavior for the past 10 years, she writes about how exactly you can train your brain to focus and be more attentive. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, tells how we can trick the brain into craving exercise instead of potato chips and chocolate. Sam Wang explains the scientific research behind changing the brain.


  1. 1 Life's Messy. Train Your Brain to Adapt.
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  2. 2 Brain Think: Pay Attention, Be Vigilant, Tame the Frenzy.
    Paul Hammerness, M.D. and Margaret Moore Experts' Corner
  3. 3 Tricking Your Brain into Healthy Addictions
    Nora Volkow
  4. 4 How to Change Your Brain
    Sam Wang

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