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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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Today's Big Idea: Power Thinking

The Big Idea for Sunday, July 22, 2012

This weekend, we've been examining power and balance in relationships, work, and life. Today we're looking specifically at how power thinking can help us live fuller lives.

We've all heard that leafy greens and omega 3s are good for your brain, but we wanted to go deeper. Here, Princeton neuroscientist Sam Wang shares his strategies for problem-solving, making good decisions, and finding happiness. Margaret Moore, co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School Institute of Coaching, offers up her tips for finding focus amidst chaos. And Tara Sophia Mohr, a consultant to women leaders, teaches us how to cope with fear.


  1. 1 Power Up Your Brain: Myth vs. Reality
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  2. 2 Fear is the Mind-Killer
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  3. 3 How to Handle Direct Challenges to Your Authority
    Tanvi Gautam Experts' Corner
  4. 4 Life's Messy. Train Your Brain to Adapt.
    Megan Erickson Think Tank

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