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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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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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Nathan Myhrvold

Modernist Chef and Inventor
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Jason Gots

Editor, Big Think
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Ben Brantley

Chief Theater Critic, The New York Times
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Stephen G. Post

Professor of Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
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Michael Kahn

Artistic Director, The Shakespeare Theatre Company
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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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Daniel Honan

Managing Editor, Big Think
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Peter Lawler

Professor of Government, Berry College
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John Mackey

CEO, Whole Foods Market
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Richard Florida

Urban Theorist
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Ann Veneman

Executive Director, UNICEF
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Tom Glocer

CEO, Thomson Reuters
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Matt Miller

Senior Fellow, Center For American Progress
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Fred Hassan

Former Chairman & CEO, Schering-Plough Corp.
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Dan Ariely

Professor of Behavioral Economics, Duke University
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Paul Krugman

Professor of Economics, Princeton; Columnist, The New York Times