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We are Big Idea Hunters…

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 Biggest Ideas of the Summer

The Big Idea for Saturday, September 01, 2012

It was a busy summer on Big Think, with once-in-a-generation scientific announcements (the discovery of the Higgs boson), a presidential election, the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing's birth, among other happenings.

However, when we surveyed the top videos of the summer, the most popular ones were not necessarily bound to any single event, they were bound to big ideas. These videos featured experts at the top of their fields discussing big ideas in genetics, biology, religion, philosophy, gaming and personal fulfillment. 

Nonetheless, these ideas are all still bound in time, as we find them to be of particular significance, relevance and actionability today. While the end of the summer is often bittersweet, consider these videos and the ideas expressed in them as wisdom that you can take into the Fall and beyond. 


  1. 1 Big Think's Top Videos of Summer 2012
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  2. 2 The Lost Art of Thinking Before You Act
    Megan Erickson Postcards from Žižek
  3. 3 In Defense of Life: Alan Turing, the Original Hacker.
    Daniel Honan Humanizing Technology
  4. 4 How World of Warcraft Could Save Your Business and The Economy
    Jason Gots Think Tank

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