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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Christopher Badcock

Sociologist, London School of Economics
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Joseph Bafumi

Professor of Government, Dartmouth College
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Matt Bai

Journalist, The New York Times; Author
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Dean Baker

Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
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Rita Baldini

Big Think Contributor
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Kevin Bales

Anti-Slavery Advocate
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Dan Barber

Chef, Blue Hill
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Lionel Barber

U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times
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Mary Barber

Director, Smart Power Initiatives, Environmental Defense Fund
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Jim Barksdale

Former Pres. & CEO, Netscape
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Maude Barlow

National Chairperson, The Council of Canadians
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Paul Barrett

Businessweek; Author
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Jarrett Barrios

President and CEO, GLAAD
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Dr. Bonnie Bassler

Professor, Princeton University
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Lidia Bastianich

Chef / Restaurateur
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John Battelle

Founder, Searchblog; Chairman, Federated Media
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Juan Battle

C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center Professor
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Max Bazerman

Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
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Ishmael Beah

Author
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Gary Becker

Economist, University of Chicago
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Michael Beer

Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School; Chairman, TruePoint
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John Beeson

Management Consultant
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Joy Behar

Co-Host, The View
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Peter Beinart

Editor-at-Large, The New Republic
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Joshua Bell

Violinist and Director, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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Paul Bellman

AIDS Physician
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Jay Belsky

Professor of Human Development, U. C. Davis
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Edet Belzberg

HBO Documentarian
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Tal Ben-Shahar

Psychology Lecturer, Harvard University
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Daniel K. Benjamin

Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics, Clemson University
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Lenni Benson

Professor of Law, New York Law School
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Deborah Berebichez

Host, “The Science of Everyday Life”
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Derek Beres

Big Think Contributor
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Alex Berezow

Editor, RealClearScience
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Ronen Bergman

Investigative Journalist
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Jesse Bering

Author, Why is the Penis Shaped Like That?
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Seth Berkley

President, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
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Douglas A. Berman

Professor of Law, Ohio State University
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Carl Bernstein

Journalist
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Marc Bessler

Obesity Expert, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
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Charles Best

Founder, DonorsChoose.org
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Jenny Beswick

Big Think Contributor
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Ingrid Betancourt

Politician and Activist
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Tito Beveridge

Founder, Tito’s Handmade Vodka
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Jagdish Bhagwati

Professor of Economics, Columbia University
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Jag Bhalla

Big Think Contributor
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Myra Biblowit

President, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
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Noel Biderman

Founder and CEO, Ashley Madison
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Jude Bijou

Psychotherapist and Author
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Bill Bradley

Senator, NBA Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist
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Erica Birmingham

Founder, Canopy New York
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Fatih Birol

Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency
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Matthew Bishop

New York Bureau Chief, The Economist
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Mark Bittman

Author & New York Times Cooking Columnist
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Constantin Bjerke

CEO, Crane.tv
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George Blackburn

Professor, Harvard Medical School
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Joan Blades

Co-Founder, MoveOn.org; Founder, MomsRising.org
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Ryan Blair

CEO of ViSalus Sciences, Author of Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur
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Tony Blair

Former Prime Minster, United Kingdom
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David Blake

Professor of Pension Economics at Cass Business School, City University, Director of the Pensions Institute and Chairman of Square Mile Consultants, a training and research consultancy.
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Ross Bleckner

Painter
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Tom Bloch

Founder, the University Academy
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Jeremy Block

Adjunct Professor of Public Affairs at Baruch College
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Henry Blodget

Founder/CEO, Silicon Alley Media
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Barry Bloom

Professor of Public Health, Harvard University
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Lisa Bloom

Author, Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed Down World
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Patricia Bloom

Associate Professor, Department of Geriatrics, Mt. Sinai
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Paul Bloom

Professor of Psychology, Yale University
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Sally Blount

Dean of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
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Adam Bly

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Seed Magazine
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Charles Bock

Author
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Irina Bokova

Director-General, UNESCO
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Julia Bolz

Women's Rights Activist
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Cory Booker

Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
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Susan Bookheimer

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCLA
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Leon Botstein

President, Bard College & Music Director, American Symphony Orchestra
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Bonin Bough

Global Director of Digital and Social Media, PepsiCo
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Pasquale Bova

Italian Trade Commissioner, Chicago
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Jonny Bowden

Nutritionist and Author
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Joe Bower

Professor, Harvard Business School
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Matthew Bowman

Author, The Mormon People
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Danah Boyd

Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research
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Stacey Boyd

Founder, The Savvy Source for Parents
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Wes Boyd

Co-Founder, MoveOn.org
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John Boyle

Founder, Convergency Partners
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Peter Brabeck

Chairman, Nestlé
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Brad Burnham

VC, Union Square Ventures
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Howard Bragman

Author/PR Professional
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Steven Brams

Professor of Politics, New York University
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Stewart Brand

Author, "The Whole Earth Discipline"
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Richard Branson

Chairman, Virgin Group
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Ben Brantley

Chief Theater Critic, The New York Times
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Chris Brassell

National Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Office of Diversity
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Cynthia Breazeal

Director, Personal Robotics Group, MIT Media Lab
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Ian Bremmer

President, Eurasia Group
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Jeffrey Brenzel

Philosopher, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University
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Stephen Breyer

Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
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Carlos Brito

CEO, AB InBev
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David Broder

Journalist, The Washington Post
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Monika Broecker

Founder, the Center of Personal Growth
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David Brooks

New York Times Columnist
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Bill Brown

Professor of English & Visual Arts at the University of Chicago
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Jennifer Brown

CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting
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John Seely Brown

Chief of Confusion
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Victoria Rachel Montgomery Brown

Co-Founder and CEO, Big Think
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Thom Browne

Founder and Head Designer, Thom Browne Menswear
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Bruce Gibney

Partner, The Founders Fund
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Tyler Brûlé

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Monocle
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Gro Harlem Brundtland

Special Envoy on Climate Change, U.N.
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Robert Bruner

Dean of the Darden School of Buiness, University of Virginia
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Frank Bruni

Restaurant Critic
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John Bruton

EU Ambassador to the United States
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Adam Bryant

Deputy National Editor, The New York Times
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Robert Bryce

Author, Gusher of Lies
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Edward Burger

Award-Winning Educator, Professor of Mathematics, Williams College
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Ken Burns

Documentary Filmmaker
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Daniel Burrus

Futurist and Business Strategist
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Julie Burstein

Writer and Radio Producer
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Edward Burtynsky

Photographic Artist
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Ian Buruma

Professor of Democracy, Human Rights, and Journalism, Bard College
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Jonathan Butcher

Assistant Professor, Cornell University
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Judith Butler

Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
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Robert Butler

President & CEO, International Longevity Center
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John Butman

Author, Breaking Out: How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas
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Calvin Butts

Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church
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Ira Byock

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
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Patrick Byrne

Founder & CEO, Overstock.com