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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.

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Ramez Naam

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The Evolutionary Logic of Knowledge Transfer

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8 months ago

Why do certain ideas succeed? In a previous post, we looked at how idea entrepreneurs are able to lift ideas to the surface on the strength of their compelling personal narratives and powers of persuasion. Now here's another take.  Ideas have to pass a kind of Darwinian fitness test, argues the ...

In Their Own Words

Why We Need to Play God with Our Food

Gmo1
9 months ago

Geoengineering – the idea that humanity could engineer the climate to help stop climate change or even reverse it, is also widely feared.  It’s playing God in a certain sense.  Yet we might need it. The best thing to do for climate change is to get our emissions of CO2, the amount that we pump out ...

In Their Own Words

Plan B: Two Options for Climate Engineering

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10 months ago

The best way to address climate change is to stop pumping greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That would eventually halt the progress of climate change and eventually the planet’s biosphere would suck that CO2 out.  We have targets for that but right now we’re not doing so ...

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The Wheel, the Original Meme

Invention_wheel
11 months ago

Ideas spread for lots of reasons.  It might be a catchy tune or a funny joke that you’ve heard that sticks in the brain and makes you want to propagate it, to tell others.  But one reason that we know that ideas stick and spread is because they’re useful.  The useful ones propagate.  So an ...