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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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Question: What is the hard part of your work?

Paul Krugman: I don’t like being in my . . . in my public persona.  There’s . . . there’s a lot of abuse involved. There’s a lot of ... stuff.  I try to avoid it myself, but I probably don’t fully succeed.  But there are people who will, if you are saying things they would rather not have people hear, they will go after you personally.  I really hate going on talk TV which is, you know . . . which are largely shouting matches, but it has to be done.  You know I take no pleasure in all of that. I’m a lot better than I was.  You first get into it and it’s pretty shocking.  At this point yeah.  I’ve got . . . I’ve got calluses all over.


Paul Krugman on Celebrity Life

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