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A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

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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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Question: How will this age be remembered?

Rick Warren:    We’re living in an age of great anxiety.  We’re living in an age of great turmoil.  Every age has been a time of change.  But what’s different about the beginning of the 21st century is not only are we changing, but the speed of change has increased rapidly.  Just think of the technology we didn’t have 10 years ago.  Skype, MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, text messages on cell phones.  Ten years ago we didn’t have two billion people with cell phones around the world.  

Things are moving faster, and things are getting smaller.  The world is getting smaller.  So the only thing that we know for certain about the future is it’ll keep changing.

Recorded on: December 11, 2007


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