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We are Big Idea Hunters…

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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James Shapiro

Professor of English Literature, Columbia University
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Michael Spence

Nobel Economist
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Jane Smiley

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author
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Jason Greenberg

Assistant Professor of Management, New York University
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David Brooks

New York Times Columnist
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Perez Hilton

Blogger and TV personality
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Nitin Nohria

Dean, Harvard Business School
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James Frey

Author
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John N Gray

Philosopher
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James Stewart

Author
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Nicholas Xuanlai Fang

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
James_marsh

James Marsh

Filmmaker
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Francis Fukuyama

Philosopher and Political Theorist
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Alan Kazdin

Professor of Psychology, Yale University
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Larry Flynt

President, Larry Flynt Publications
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Jeffrey Wright

Actor, Entrepreneur
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Ben Brantley

Chief Theater Critic, The New York Times
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Yibin Kang

Associate Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
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Peter Stamatov

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Yale University
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Meredith Ringel Morris

Researcher, Microsoft
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Daniel Burrus

Futurist and Business Strategist
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Kevin Fu

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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Moshik Temkin

Assistant Professor, Harvard University
Thomascleland

Thomas Cleland

Assistant Professor, Cornell University
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Jenova Chen

Co-Founder, Thatgamecompany
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Ofer Sharone

Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Jonathan Butcher

Assistant Professor, Cornell University
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Dustin Rubenstein

Assistant Professor, Columbia University
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Jeffrey Karp

Assistant Professor, Harvard University Medical School
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Ali Khademhosseini

Associate Professor, Harvard-MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology