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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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Dr. Shelley Ann des Etages

Senior Principal Scientist, Pfizer
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Evan Wright

Author; Journalist
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Eric Kocher

Staff Sergeant
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Robert Rubino

Obstetrician/Gynecologist
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Monica Knoll

Executive Director, CANCER101
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Dr. Bonnie Bassler

Professor, Princeton University
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Lawrence Freedman

Professor/Vice Principal, Kings College
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Dickson Despommier

Professor, Columbia University
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Steve Coll

Presisent & CEO, The New American Foundation; Author
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Edet Belzberg

HBO Documentarian
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Sonia Patel

Scientist, Pfizer Global Research & Development
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Seth Berkley

President, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
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Mark Kramer

Founder, FSG Social Impact Advisors
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H. Robert Silverstein

Medical Director & Founder, The Preventive Medicine Center
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Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa

Associate Professor & Director of the Brain Tumor Program, Johns Hopkins University
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Edward Osborne Wilson

Biologist, Harvard University
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Michael York

Actor
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Andrew Ross Sorkin

Chief Mergers and Acquisitions Reporter, The New York Times
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Clifford Hudis

Chief of the Breast Cancer Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
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Pardis Sabeti

Assistant Professor, Harvard University; Musician
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Nancy Pelosi

Congresswoman (D-Calif.)
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Gay Talese

Author
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John Sexton

President, New York University
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Sylvester James Gates, Jr.

Professor of Physics, University of Maryland
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Michael Perelman

Sex Therapist
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Stephon Alexander

Professor of Physics, Haverford College; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Penn State University