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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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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
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John Cacioppo

Neuroscientist, University of Chicago
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Nancy Calderon

Chief Administrative Officer, KPMG America
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Gillian Caldwell

Exec. Director, Witness; Human Rights Advocate
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Theo Caldwell

Big Think Contributor
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Jim Camp

CEO, The Camp Negotiation Institute
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Gaston Caperton

President & CEO, The College Board
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Arthur Caplan

Director, Center of Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
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Mark T. Card

Wine Writer
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Keli Carender

aka Liberty Belle
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Steve Carlotti

CEO, The Cambridge Group
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Fredrik Carlström

CEO, Great Works America
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Andrew Carmellini

Chef, A Voce
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Mary Chapin Carpenter

Singer-Songwriter
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Nicholas Carr

Technology Writer
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Jimmy Carter

Former U.S. President
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Majora Carter

President, The Majora Carter Group
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Stephen Carter

Professor, Yale Law School; Novelist
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Wences Casares

Founder and CEO, Xapo
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Jorge Castaneda

Professor of Politics, New York University
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Steven Castellano

Student Scientist, High Technology High School
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Dick Cavett

Talk Show Host & New York Times Blogger
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Philippe Cayla

Chmn. & CEO, EuroNews
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Robin Cembalest

Executive Editor, ARTnews
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Marc Cenedella

CEO and Founder, TheLadders.com
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Chris Cerf

Acting Commissioner of Education, State of New Jersey
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Victor Cha

D.S. Song Chair, School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University
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Christopher F. Chabris

Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-director of Neuroscience Program, Union College
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Gurbaksh Chahal

Internet Entrepreneur
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Andrea Chalupa

writer and journalist
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David Chang

Chef & Owner, Momofuku Restaurants
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Ram Charan

Leadership Consultant
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Charlie Knoles

The Meditation Revolution
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Dennis Charney

Dean, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
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Amit Chatterjee

CEO of Hara Software
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Madhav Chavan

Co-founder and CEO-President, Pratham
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Jenova Chen

Co-Founder, Thatgamecompany
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Gerald Chertavian

Founder & CEO, Year Up
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Leroy Chiao

Astronaut
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Farai Chideya

Journalist
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Ryan Chin

PhD student at MIT Media Lab
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Melissa Chiu

Museum Director, Asia Society
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Margaret Cho

Comedian, Actor
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Margaret Cho

Comedienne
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Derek Chollet

Deputy Director of Policy Planning, The State Department.
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Noam Chomsky

Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Deepak Chopra

Author / Co-Founder, The Chopra Center
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Nicholas Christakis

Physician & Social Scientist, Harvard
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Clayton Christensen

Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
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Amanda Chung

Graduate Researcher, University of Washington
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George Church

Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
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Robert Cialdini

Professor of Psychology and Marketing, Arizona State University
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Richard Cizik

Lobbyist and Media Spokesman
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Nicholas Clairmont

Editorial Contributor
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Kelly Clark

Olympic Gold Medalist and Founder, The Kelly Clark Foundation
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Kevin Clark

President and Founder, Content Evolution
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Tim Clark

President, Emirates Airline
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Wesley Clark

U.S. General
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Thomas Cleland

Assistant Professor, Cornell University
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William Clemens, III

Leader, Spencer Stuart Life Sciences Practice
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Bill Clinton

Former President of the United States
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Chuck Close

Artist
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John Coates

Neuroscientist, University of Cambridge
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Ta-Nehisi Coates

Author/Blogger
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Lawrence "Larry" Coben

Executive Director, Sustainable Preservation Initiative
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Andrew Cohen

Founder, EnlightenNext
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Joel Cohen

Mathematical Biologist, Rockefeller University
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Josh Cohen

Senior Business Product Manager, Google News
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Randy Cohen

Ethicist and Former Columnist, The New York Times
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Rodgin “Rodge” Cohen

Corporate Lawyer
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Chris Cole

Street League Skateboarding World Champion
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Sonia Nassery Cole

Filmmaker and Philanthropist
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John Coleman

Author, Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Leaders
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Steve Coll

Presisent & CEO, The New American Foundation; Author
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Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
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Hilary Coller

Associate Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
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Billy Collins

Poet; Former U.S. Poet Laureate
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Francis Collins

Director, NIH
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Jim Collins

Business Consultant / Author
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David Patrick Columbia

Founder, The New York Social Diary
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Meryl Comer

President, Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative
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Scott Conant

Chef/Owner Scarpetta
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Ed Conard

Author, Unintended Consequences
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Joe Conason

Columnist, Salon.com; The New York Observer
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Amanda Congdon

Executive Producer & Host, Sometimesdaily.com
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Chip Conley

Founder, Joie de Vivre Hospitality
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Lucas Conley

Author, Obsessive Branding Disorder
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Jimmy Conrad

Captain, Kansas City Wizards
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Thomas Cooley

Dean, Stern School of Business, New York University
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Martin Cooper

Inventor of the Portable Cell Phone
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Sebastian Copeland

Photographer
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Barbara Corcoran

Entrepreneur and "Shark Tank" Television Personality
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Carla Corkern

CEO and Chairman, Talyst
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Jon Corzine

Governor (D-New Jersey)
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Stephen Coscia

Big Think Intern
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Rebecca Costa

Sociobiologist, Author, The Watchman's Rattle
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Joseph F Coughlin

Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab
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Jonathan Coulton

Singer/Songwriter
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Council on Foreign Relations

Council on Foreign Relations
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Victor Counted

Founder, TMAfrica
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Fabien Cousteau

Oceanographic Explorer
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Iain Couzin

Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
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Tyler Cowen

Professor of Economics, George Mason University
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Dana Cowin

Editor-in-Chief, Food & Wine Magazine
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Craig McDonald

Crime novelist
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Aron Cramer

CEO, Business for Social Responsibility
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Ed Crane

President and CEO, The Cato Institute
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Bernard Crespi

Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Simon Fraser University
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Simon Critchley

Philosopher
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Brian Crosby

Author, High School English Teacher
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Sloane Crosley

Assoc. Dir. of Publicity, Vintage/Anchor Books
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Paul Cruickshank

NYU Center on Law & Security; Terrorism Specialist
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Kenneth Cukier

Data Editor, The Economist
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Chris Curran

Advisory Principal and Chief Technologist, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
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James Currier

Technology Entrepreneur and Chairman of Medpedia
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David Cutler

Professor of Applied Economics, Harvard University
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Gerry Czarnecki

Chairman & CEO, The Deltennium Group