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

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Iain Dale

Publisher, Total Politics
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Ray Dalio

Founder, President & CIO, Bridgewater Associates
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Antonio Damasio

Behavioral Neurobiologist
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Dan Shapiro

Director, Harvard's International Negotiation Program
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Russ Daniels

CTO, HP’s Cloud Service Strategy
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Soraya Darabi

Digital Strategist for ABC News
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Anil Dash

Chief Evangelist, Six Apart
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Dave Glass & Kill Cooper

Founder and Art Director, Hungry Castle
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David Rothkopf

Former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce
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David Bellos

Translator
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David Berning

Big Think Intern
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David Eagleman

Neuroscientist
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Richard David

Co-Founder and CEO, NewSpace Global, LLC.
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John Davies

Vice President, Intel Corporation
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Paul Davies

Cosmologist & Astrobiologist, Arizona State University
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Philip Davis

Reader in English Literature, University of Liverpool
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Richard Dawkins

Evolutionary Biologist
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Aubrey de Grey

Chief Science Officer, SENS Foundation
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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Professor of Politics, New York University
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Simon de Pury

Chairman, Phillips de Pury & Company
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Jennifer Deal

Senior Research Scientist, Center for Creative Leadership
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Elizabeth Debold

Senior Editor, EnlightenNext Magazine
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Jeff DeGraff

Dean of Innovation
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Guillermo del Toro

Filmmaker & Author
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Tom DeLay

Former U.S. Representative
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Thomas DeLong

Author, Harvard Business School Professor
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Daniel Dennett

Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University
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Neelam Deo

Diplomat; Former Consul General of India
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Emanuel Derman

Author, Professor of Financial Engineering, Columbia University
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Alan Dershowitz

Professor, Harvard Law School
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Dr. Shelley Ann des Etages

Senior Principal Scientist, Pfizer
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Dickson Despommier

Professor, Columbia University
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Peter Diamandis

Chairman & CEO, X Prize Foundation
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Lisa Diamond

Associate Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, University of Utah
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Robbie Diamond

Founder, President and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy
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Diane Ravitch

policy analyst, former U.S. assistant Secretary of Education
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Boonsri Dickinson

Assistant Editor, Discover Magazine
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JD Dillon

Director of Learning Development for Kaplan University
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Nina DiSesa

Chairman, McCann Erickson New York
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Ronald Dixon

Associate Medical Director, Massachusetts General Hospital
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Gregory Djerejian

Financial Services Expert, Philanthropist
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DLD

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Doc Hendley

Founder, Wine to Water
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Dan Doctoroff

President, Bloomberg LP
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Tom Doctoroff

Advertising Professional, Author of "What Chinese Want"
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Tony Dokoupil

Senior Writer, NBC News
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Robert Dolan

Dean, University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business
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David Dollar

U.S. Treasury Department’s Economic and Financial Emissary to China
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Ross Donaldson

Professor of Medicine, UCLA
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Josh Donlan

Conservationist
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Ashanti Douglas

Singer/Songwriter
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Rita Dove

Poet / Professor of English, University of Virginia
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Richard Dowden

Director, Royal African Society
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Dr. Joy Hirsch

Neuroscientist, Columbia University
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Dr. Kevin J. Mitchell

Associate Professor, Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin
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Dr. Meg Jay

Clinical psychologist
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Adam Brandejs and Drew Cox

Co-founders, Matterform
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Pamela Druckerman

Author, Bringing Up Bebe
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Laurent Dubois

Haiti Historian; Professor, Duke University
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Philip Duff

Founder, Robson Ventures; fmr. CFO, Morgan Stanley
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Charles Duhigg

Investigative Journalist
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Annie Duke

Professional Poker Player
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Kevin Dutton

Psychologist
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Maddy Dychtwald

Co-founder, Age Wave
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Esther Dyson

Entrepreneur/Philanthropist
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Freeman Dyson

Physicist and Writer
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George Dyson

Author, Turing's Cathedral
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James Dyson

Inventor and entrepreneur
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Michael Eric Dyson

Professor, Georgetown University; Author