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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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Today's Big Idea: Accelerated learning

The Big Idea for Thursday, November 22, 2012

Self-help author Timothy Ferriss had an epiphany in 2004. Working 12-hour days, 7-days-a-week, he realized he'd prefer to spend his time learning the tango in Buenos Aires. He found that, by automating his business life as much as possible, he was able to pull it off. Ferriss advises the would-be New Rich to check e-mail no more than twice a day and set automated responses advising correspondents of their unavailability.

Ferriss professes to be untroubled that his own freedom to live “outside of the inbox” is bought by transferring drudgery to the inboxes of less fortunate individuals in the developing world. “There are people I have outsourced to in India who now outsource portions of their work to the Philippines." One of his favorite new startups is a company which outsources internet-based work such as transcription to refugee camps and other impoverished communities.



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