What is Big Think?  

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.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos


Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers


Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge


Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more

Today's Big Idea: Discipline & Practice

The Big Idea for Friday, April 13, 2012

The more complex and fast-paced the world gets, the more pressing the question becomes: after basic survival's taken care of, what constitutes a life well-lived? With so many new toys to distract us, it requires a significant effort of will to commit to a way of life that promotes personal and collective growth. 

Historically, religion has sought to answer this basic human need, but the politically fraught history of organized religion has led many to defect from established churches and temples in search of alternatives, secular and spiritual. Today's homepage offers multiple perspectives on how to live live a meaningful, cohesive life in tumultuous times. 


  1. 1 Globalization Isn’t Just for Economists
    Andrew Cohen The Evolution of Enlightenment
  2. 2 The Perils of a Wandering Mind
    Maria Konnikova Artful Choice
  3. 3 The Limits of 'Spirituality'
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  4. 4 The Spiritual Path to Becoming a Superstar at Work
    Parag and Ayesha Khanna Hybrid Reality

Today's Big Idea: Disciplin...

Newsletter: Share: