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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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Math is the Common Currency of the Cosmos

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about 1 year ago

It seems to me that our communication will begin in terms of mathematics and physics. I’m a mathematical physicist, so you might say "Well, you would say that, wouldn’t you?" but I really do think that this is the common currency of the cosmos and so we will want to communicate about our ...

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50 Years of Eerie Silence is Not a Long Time

Ata_pix1
about 1 year ago

If you ask the astronomers of the sharp end of SETI why they think there has been an eerie silence they’ll say, “Well we only have been doing it for 50 years.”  “We’ve just started.”  “What more do you expect?”  “It’s a big universe out there.”  And in fact, to put that into context they look ...