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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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Jon Meacham: Is there anything one can do – one’s self – to advance the idea that a culture of liberty and personal freedom is the highest human value? That in freedom there’s strength. That in . . . Not in a sort of mindless July 4th stuff, but that in point of fact, no matter what tradition one comes from – whether Islamic or Jewish or Christian or Hindu – that if we’re made in the likeness and image of God, if we live in . . . If we’re part of a divinely ordained – or at least a world in which there is a predominant myth of divinity and divine providence – how do we best play our part in that __________? And is maximizing the ability of you to do what you want or me to do what I want, as long as it doesn’t pick your pocket or break your arm, is that . . . is there something we can do to do that?


Recorded on: 7/3/07





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