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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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John McCain: Well I didn’t come back a very different person. But what I did was I fell in love with America because I was deprived of her company. And I began to appreciate the wonder, and freedom, and liberty that we enjoy. In my time in prison I was privileged to observe 1,000 acts of courage, and compassion, and love. And the ones I served with – the ones I know best and love most and . . . When people assume that it was all a terrible experience it’s not true. Because the dearest and best friends and comrades I have in my life are those that I had the privilege of serving with, and those that inspired me through their leadership to be capable of things that I otherwise not . . . would not have been capable of. Recorded on: 11/20/07


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