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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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Kenneth Roth

Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
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David Patrick Columbia

Founder, The New York Social Diary
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Mike Gravel

Former Senator, (D) Alaska
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Virginia Postrel

Author; Blogger; Editor
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David Chang

Chef & Owner, Momofuku Restaurants
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Peter Beinart

Editor-at-Large, The New Republic
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Jennifer Rubell

Food & Entertaining Writer: Cookbook Author
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Richard Posner

Judge, 7th Court of Appeals; Author; Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago Law
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Richard Cizik

Lobbyist and Media Spokesman
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Robert Thurman

Professor of Buddhist Studies, Columbia University; President, Tibet House U.S.
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Shirley Tilghman

Molecular Biologist; Pres., Princeton University
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Sallai Meridor

Ambassador of Israel to the U.S.
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Peter Rojas

Co-founder, Engadget
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Aubrey de Grey

Chief Science Officer, SENS Foundation
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Bill Richardson

Governor, New Mexico (D)
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Calvin Trillin

Author / Journalist
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Dennis Kucinich

US Representative, Ohio (D)
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John McCain

U.S. Senator (R), Arizona
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Tom Freston

Fmr. Pres. & CEO, Viacom
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Bill Novelli

CEO, American Ass. of Retired Persons (AARP)
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Josh Lieb

Executive Producer, "The Daily Show"
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Philippe Cayla

Chmn. & CEO, EuroNews
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Lidia Bastianich

Chef / Restaurateur
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Peter Thiel

President, Clarium Capital Management
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Dan Quayle

fmr. U.S. Vice President; Chmn. Cerberus Capital
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Ray Dalio

Founder, President & CIO, Bridgewater Associates
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Victoria Rachel Montgomery Brown

Co-Founder and CEO, Big Think
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Steven Pinker

Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
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Mitt Romney

Fmr. Governor, Massachusetts (R)
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Arthur Mutambara

Pres., Movement for Democratic Change (Zimbabwe)