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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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William Ackman

Activist Investor and Hedge-Fund Manager
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Mark Roeder

Author, Financial Executive
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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Professor of Politics, NYU and Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution
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Dr. Joy Hirsch

Neuroscientist, Columbia University
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Shawn O'Connor

Founder & CEO, Stratus Prep
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David J. Linden

Professor of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University
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Robert Steven Kaplan

Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration, Harvard Business School
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Emanuel Derman

Author, Professor of Financial Engineering, Columbia University
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Megan Erickson

Associate Editor, Big Think
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Tara Sophia Mohr

Writer, women's leadership coach, and personal growth teacher
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Jason Gots

Editor, Big Think
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Tim Harford

"Undercover Economist" Columnist, Financial Times
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David Brooks

New York Times Columnist
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John N Gray

Philosopher
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Stephen G. Post

Professor of Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
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Will Shortz

Puzzle Master
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Simon Sinek

Author, Start With Why
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Daniel Altman

Chief Economist, Big Think
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Daniel Honan

Managing Editor, Big Think
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Nicholas Carr

Technology Writer
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Antonio Damasio

Neuroscientist
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Joseph LeDoux

Professor of Science and Director Emotional Brain Institute, NYU
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Leon Botstein

President, Bard College & Music Director, American Symphony Orchestra
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Michio Kaku

Professor of Theoretical Physics, CUNY
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Robert Greene

Author
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Maria Konnikova

Author, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
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Chip Conley

Founder, Joie de Vivre Hospitality