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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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Skill of the Day: Learning From Failure

The Big Idea for Sunday, December 30, 2012

In recent years failure has become somewhat in vogue in the world of business self-help. A rise in entrepreneurship, and the extraordinary successes of a handful of entrepreneurs with a serial history of business failure have served to remind us that bold ventures are risky, and that with risk sometimes comes failure. 

Unlike traditional Japanese culture with its social horror of “losing face,” America is at ease with the idea of a rocky path to success. Still, on the individual level, we often respond to failure reflexively with shame on the one hand or defensive bluster on the other. Real psychological growth, however, depends on our ability to process failure – to accept it, to learn from it, and to transcend it.



  1. 1 Jonah Lehrer on Learning From Mistakes
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  2. 2 Thinking Makes It So: How We Think about Mistakes Affects How We Learn from Them
    Maria Konnikova Artful Choice
  3. 3 Failure is not an option. It's a necessity.
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  4. 4 Jonah Lehrer on The Creative Insight of The Outsider
    Jason Gots Humanizing Technology

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