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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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In Going Mental

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David Eagleman

Director, Laboratory for Perception and Action at Baylor College of Medicine
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Alva Noƫ

Philosopher, cognitive scientist
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Bryan Sykes

Founder and Chairman, Oxford Genetics
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Sam McNerney

Science writer
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Kristen Wolf

Novelist
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Susan Barry

Neurobiologist
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Eric Kandel

Professor of Brain Science, Columbia University
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Charles Duhigg

Reporter, The New York Times
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Sandra Aamodt

Former Editor-in-Chief, Nature Neuroscience
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Francine Shapiro

Director, EMDR Institute
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Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd

Big Think Video Producers
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John Horgan

Author, The End of War
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Kadam Morten

Buddhist Teacher
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Diane Ravitch

policy analyst, former U.S. assistant Secretary of Education
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Margaret Wertheim

Author, Physics on the Fringe
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David Bellos

Translator
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Brian Hoffstein

Contributing Writer
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Kayt Sukel

Author of Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influence Love, Sex, and Relationships
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Jaan Tallinn

Computer Programmer, Skype and Kazaa
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Michael S. Gazzaniga

Cognitive Neuroscientist
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Tauriq Moosa

Writer, Ethicist
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Daniel Kahneman

Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Princeton University
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Paul Root Wolpe

Director, Emory University Center for Ethics
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Steven Mazie

Professor of Political Studies, BHSEC-Manhattan | Supreme Court Correspondent, The Economist