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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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Scott Conant

Chef/Owner Scarpetta
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George Blackburn

Professor, Harvard Medical School
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Kal Raustiala

Professor, UCLA Law School; Director, UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations
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Shaun Assael

ESPN Magazine; Author
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Sam Gosling

Professor of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
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Philip Weiss

Writer; Founder, Mondoweiss
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David Maine

Author
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Peter Schaffer

Criminal Defense Attorney
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Murray Low

Professor, Columbia Business School
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Mitchell Gaynor

Founder & President, Gaynor Integrative Oncology; Author
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Jonathan Haidt

Professor, University of Virginia
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Lisa Witter

COO, Fenton Communications
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Dr. Sarah Schlesinger

Associate Professor, The Rockefeller University
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Michael Eric Dyson

Professor, Georgetown University; Author
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Garrett Oliver

Brewmaster, Brooklyn Brewery
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Nina Hachigian

The Center For American Progress; Author
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Susan Neiman

Director, The Einstein Forum
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Sloane Crosley

Assoc. Dir. of Publicity, Vintage/Anchor Books
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Neil Schluger

Professor; Columbia Univ. Medical Center; Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
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Jeffrey Archer

Former UK Member of Parliament; Author
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Paul Barrett

Businessweek; Author
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Gary Wadler

World Anti-Doping Agency; NYU School of Medicine
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David Pogue

Technology Columnist, The New York Times
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Paul Cruickshank

NYU Center on Law & Security; Terrorism Specialist
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Andrew Cohen

Founder, EnlightenNext
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Jean-Pierre Rosso

Chairman, World Economic Forum USA
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David Frum

Resisdent Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
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Arianna Huffington

Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post