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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 Inventing the Future

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Brian Hoffstein

Contributing Writer
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Lynda Weinman

Co-founder, Lynda.com
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Jaan Tallinn

Computer Programmer, Skype and Kazaa
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Upmanu Lall

Hydrologist, Director of the Columbia Water Center
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Brad Burnham

VC, Union Square Ventures
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Andrew S. Rosen

Chairman and CEO, Kaplan
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Eric Sanders

Playwright, Producer
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Paul Root Wolpe

Senior Bioethicist, Emory University
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Henry Rollins

Artist
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Steven Mazie

Professor of Political Studies, Bard High School Early College-Manhattan
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Rich Lesser

Chairman, North & South America, Boston Consulting Group
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Saul Levmore

William B. Graham Distinguished Professor of Law at The University of Chicago
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Gurbaksh Chahal

Internet Entrepreneur
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Megan Erickson

Associate Editor, Big Think
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Jason Gots

Editor, Big Think
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Douglas Rushkoff

Media theorist
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Daniel Burrus

Futurist and Business Strategist
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Salman Khan

Founder, Khan Academy
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Jane McGonigal

Video Game Designer
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Cynthia Breazeal

Director, Personal Robotics Group, MIT Media Lab
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Daniel Altman

Chief Economist, Big Think
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Jaron Lanier

Author, "You Are Not a Gadget"
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Stephen Miles

Leadership Consultant
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Daniel Honan

Managing Editor, Big Think
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Nicholas Carr

Technology Writer
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Stephen Wolfram

Physicist and Businessman