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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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Michael Ellsberg

Author, The Education of Millionaires and The Power of Eye Contact
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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Professor of Politics, NYU and Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution
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Scott Galloway

Professor, NYU's Stern School of Business
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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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Tim Harford

"Undercover Economist" Columnist, Financial Times
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David Brooks

New York Times Columnist
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James Frey

Author
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Alan Kazdin

Professor of Psychology, Yale University
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Jeffrey Wright

Actor, Entrepreneur
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Daniel Burrus

Futurist and Business Strategist
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Julian Schnabel

Artist, Filmmaker
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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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Alexis Ohanian

Co-founder, Reddit
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Marina Adshade

Economics Professor, Dalhousie University
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Penn Jillette

Magician
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Leon Botstein

President, Bard College & Music Director, American Symphony Orchestra
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Nicholas Christakis

Physician & Social Scientist, Harvard
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Laurie Santos

Professor of Psychology, Yale University
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Robert Greene

Author
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Richard Florida

Urban Theorist
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Clay Shirky

NYU Interactive Telecommunications Professor
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Ray Kurzweil

Co-Founder & Chancellor, Singularity University and Director of Engineering, Google
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Jack Hidary

Chairman, SmartTransportation.org