I’m going to let Big Think describe themselves:
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 ourfingertips, 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.
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.
They divide their content into seven major categories with some of their most recent posts.
21st Century Living
What a liberal arts college might look like in the 22nd century
America 2.0: the threat of neotribalism
How to be a polymath
Too sexy for my boss
One possible key to lucid dreams: 40 hertz
New World Order
New Russian law will ban all profanity in the arts
What if your city paid you to be late to work?
Help wanted. Product testers. Adults need not apply.
Americans can now make political donations with bitcoin.
Singularity (ft. My Name Is Kay) – Steve Aoki
Your DNA may have helped you choose your spouse
For the blind, a pair of really smart glasses
Moore’s Law + Evolution = Life before Earth?
These lasers could help cure brain diseases
Space diving suit scheduled for testing in 2016
Power and Influence
Why I don’t follow Gandhi all the way
Saudi Women continue to push for the right to drive
Study: 89% of men say paternity leave is hugely important
New app could open the way to music theory MOOCs (massively online open courses)
There’s a 20% chance we are all Sims
Using Minecraft to teach quantum physics to kids
Yes, even you could lose your job to a computer
Inventing the Future
3D printed device promises to clean all your teeth at once
Why Google won’t hire you
What went wrong with AI (Artificial Intelligence)
In some parts of America, you can text 911
A timeline to immortality – or neohumanity
Earth and Beyond
How to turn a building into a big water filter
The UN proposes a global asteroid defense system
Getting a wireless connection under the sea
This is what a hurricane on Saturn looks like
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: April 29, 2013 (PIA 14944)