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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, September 09, 2012

In honor of back to school week, we're taking a second look at education policy, with an assessment of the No Child Left Behind Act by Diane Ravitch over a decade after it was passed in 2001, and a look at the marketization of American public schools by Dissent magazine's Joanne Barkan. Max Miller asks, "What is intelligence?" and Yann Martel teaches a skill that even 21st century students still need to master: writing.


  1. 1 It's Time to Repeal No Child Left Behind
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  2. 2 What Is Intelligence?
    Max Miller Going Mental
  3. 3 Learning How to Write Well
    Yann Martel
  4. 4 The Buying and Selling of the Public Schools
    Joanne Barkan Experts' Corner

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