What is Big Think?  

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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Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

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Karen Abbott

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John Abele

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World’s Fastest Knife Thrower
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President, Sinn Fein
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Vice-President, Movers and Shakespeares
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Director, Brooklyn Writers Space
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Ferran Adrià

Chef and Culinary Inventor
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Marina Adshade

Economics Professor, Dalhousie University
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Entrepreneur and Author
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Luis von Ahn

CEO and Co-founder, Duolingo
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Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Classical Pianist
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Professor of Statistics, Harvard University
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Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar

Founder, Global Secular Humanist Movement
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Judy Albers

Director, Client Management, Intrepid Learning
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Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
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Professor of Political Science, Duke University
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CEO, Alessi
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Professor of Physics, Haverford College; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Penn State University
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Saleem Ali

Professor, Environmental Planning and Asian Studies, University of Vermont
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Alicia Munnell

Director of the Center for Retirement Research, Boston College
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Isabel Allende

Novelist
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Graham Allison

Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
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Big Think Contributor
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John Allison

Former CEO, BB&T
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New Media Personality
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Gloria Allred

Feminist Attorney
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CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools
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Principal, DSA Digital
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Stanley Alpert

Author, "The Birthday Party"
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Founder & Editor in Chief, HotHardware
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Author, Drunk Tank Prink
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Daniel Altman

Chief Economist, Big Think
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Alva Noë

Philosopher, cognitive scientist
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Teresa Amabile

Professor, Harvard Business School
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John Amaechi

Former NBA Player, Psychologist
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Jonathan Ames

Author / Creator, "Bored to Death"
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Robert Amsterdam

Attorney
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Novelist / Host, "Studio 360"
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Chris Anderson

Editor-in-Chief, Wired
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Andrew Newberg

Neurotheology pioneer, Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine
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Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies, USC
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Anil Gupta

Global strategy expert
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Frances Frei and Anne Morriss

Professor, Harvard Business School
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Private Space Explorer; Founder, Prodea Systems
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Curator for Architecture and Design, MoMA
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Jacob Appel

Bioethicist and Writer
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Kwame Anthony Appiah

Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University
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Professor, Taub Institute for Research in Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain, Columbia University
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Jeffrey Archer

Former UK Member of Parliament; Author
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David Arenson

Founder, Shambhala Retreats
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Dan Ariely

Professor of Behavioral Economics, Duke University
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Dick Armey

Chairman, FreedomWorks
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Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
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Karen Armstrong

Historian of Religion
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Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
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Tom Arnold

CEO, Concern Worldwide
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Catherine Asaro

Science Fiction Writer
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Maurice Ashley

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Professor of Islamic Studies, UC Riverside
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Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University
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ESPN Magazine; Author
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Columnist, The New Yorker
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Paul Auster

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Professor of Economics, Merage School of Business, UC Irvine
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Co-Founder, 23andMe
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CEO, HSM Corporate