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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 29, 2014

We are constantly told (on Big Think and other media outlets) that we’re living in an increasingly networked world, and that social networking in its various forms is the wave of the future. Armed with this knowledge, many of us have dived headfirst into Twitter – to take one example – only to find ourselves faced with the very real question “Who am I on Twitter?” In other words, what kind of communication is this platform good for, and what’s the best way (or is there any way) to be yourself in 140 characters? 

What’s clear, at any rate, is that all these new ways of connecting raise important questions about the nature of relationships and what it means to connect with other people. They also invite us to question the specific value of each of these new tools – and to be mindful, too, of their unique limitations.



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