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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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In Extreme Biology

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Kayt Sukel

Author of Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influence Love, Sex, and Relationships
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Mischa Popoff

Author, Is it Organic?
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Mark Tercek

President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy
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Tauriq Moosa

Writer, Ethicist
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Paul Root Wolpe

Senior Bioethicist, Emory University
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Doug Melton

Doctor
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Sonia Arrison

Futurist, Policy Analyst
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Christopher Ryan

Author and Psychologist
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Megan Erickson

Associate Editor, Big Think
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Jason Gots

Editor, Big Think
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John N Gray

Philosopher
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Stephen Post

Professor of Bioethics
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Thomas Frieden

Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Daniel Altman

Chief Economist, Big Think
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Daniel Honan

Managing Editor, Big Think
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Peter Lawler

Professor of Government, Berry College
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Alexis Ohanian

Co-founder, Reddit
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Marina Adshade

Economics Professor, Dalhousie University
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Jonny Bowden

Nutritionist and Author
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Carl Zimmer

Science Writer
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Paul Bloom

Professor of Psychology, Yale University
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Alison Gopnik

Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley
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Lee Silver

Professor, Princeton University
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Mary Roach

Author / Journalist
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Ray Kurzweil

Inventor, Author, Futurist
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Peter Singer

Philosopher; Professor, Princeton University
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Matthew C. Nisbet

Professor of Communication, American University