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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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Timothy Fadek

Photojournalist
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Nicholas Xuanlai Fang

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Mia Farrow

Actress / UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
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Farnaz Fassihi

Deputy Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal
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Anthony Fauci

Director, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health
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Jules Feiffer

Cartoonist and Writer
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Bruce Feiler

Columnist, The New York Times
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Oliver Fein

Associate Dean, Weill Cornell Medical College
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Gloria Feldt

Former CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
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Niall Ferguson

Professor of History, Harvard University
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Mercedes Aráoz Fernández

Economist and Former Finance Minister, Peru
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Tim Ferriss

Author and Entrepreneur
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Rick Field

Pickle Entrepreneur
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Thom Filicia

Interior Designer
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Cordelia Fine

Academic Psychologist
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Tom Fingar

Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow, Stanford University
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Bruce Finley

Global Communications Director, Mercer
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Kara Finnegan

Editor, Big Think Edge
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Carly Fiorina

Former CEO, Hewlett-Packard
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Stuart Firestein

Biologist, Columbia University
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Gerald Fischbach

Scientific Director, Simons Foundation
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Ted Fischer

Professor of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University
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Helen Fisher

Biological Anthropologist
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Adam Flinter

Director of Digital, The Ate Group, Singapore
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Richard Florida

Director, Martin Prosperity Institute at the University at the Rotman School of Management
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Larry Flynt

President, Larry Flynt Publications
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Eric Foner

Historian, Columbia University
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Yuk-fai Fong

Assistant Professor of Management & Strategy, Northwestern University
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Norman Fost

Bioethicist, University of Wisconsin
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Mark Foster

Group Chief Executive of Global Markets & Management Consulting, Accenture
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Jonathan Fowler

Director of Production, Big Think
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Abraham Foxman

National Director, Anti-Defamation League
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Francine Shapiro

Director, EMDR Institute
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Barney Frank

Retired Congressman
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Frank Cilluffo and Clinton Watts

Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University
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Peter Frank

Editor-in-Chief, Concierge.com
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Jeffrey Frankel

Professor of Capital Formation and Growth, Harvard Kennedy School
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Justin Frankel

Software Developer & Designer
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Melissa Franklin

Professor of Physics, Harvard University
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Mark Frauenfelder

Weblogger; Editor In Chief , MAKE Magazine
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Lawrence Freedman

Professor/Vice Principal, Kings College
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Chrystia Freeland

U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times
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Katie Freese

Theoretical Astrophysicist, University of Michigan
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Tom Freston

Fmr. Pres. & CEO, Viacom
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James Frey

Author
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Gavin Friday

Singer / Songwriter
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Jason Fried

Co-founder, 37signals
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Gene Frieda

Global Strategist, Moore Europe Capital Management
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Jeff Frieden

Professor of Government, Harvard University
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Thomas Frieden

Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Carol Friedman

Photographer & Art Director
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Dr. Jeffrey Friedman

Professor, Rockefeller University
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Stewart D. Friedman

Practice Professor of Management, Wharton School of Business
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Suzy Friedman

Director of Agricultural Sustainability, Environmental Defense Fund
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Bill Frisell

Jazz Guitarist
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Bill Frist

Former Senate Majority Leader
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David Frum

Resisdent Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
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Stephen Fry

Comedian
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Kevin Fu

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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Ann Fudge

CEO and Chairman of Young and Rubicam Brands
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Francis Fukuyama

Philosopher and Political Theorist
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Jeffrey Fulgham

Chief Sustainability Officer, GE Power & Water
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Bonnie Fuller

Bonnie Fuller Media
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Kari Fulton

Student organizer, EJCC