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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Julia Galef

President, Center For Applied Rationality
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Mark Galeotti

Academic chair and clinical professor, Center for Global Affairs at NYU
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Ellen Galinsky

President and Co-Founder, Families and Work Institute
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Leigh Gallagher

Assistant Managing Editor, Fortune
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Scott Galloway

Professor, NYU's Stern School of Business
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Dr. Samuel Gandy

Associate Director, Mount Sinai Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
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Sharon Gannon

Co-Founder, Jivamukti Yoga
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Howard Gardner

Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
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Michael Garfield

Paleontologist/Poet/Philosopher
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Garret Kramer

Former ice hockey player, consultant to Olympic athletes
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Laurie Garrett

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations
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George Garrick

CEO, SocialShield
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Sylvester James Gates, Jr.

Professor of Physics, University of Maryland
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Atul Gawande

Surgeon, New Yorker Writer
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Mitchell Gaynor

Founder & President, Gaynor Integrative Oncology; Author
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Michael S. Gazzaniga

Cognitive Neuroscientist
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David Gebler

Author and Lawyer
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Leslie Gelb

President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations
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David Gelernter

Writer, Artist, & Computer Scientist
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Richard Gelles

Dean of The School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania
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Gene Frieda

Global Strategist, Moore Europe Capital Management
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Bill George

Professor of Management, Harvard Business School
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Nelson George

Music Critic / Documentarian
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George Papandreou

Former Prime Minister of Greece
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Archelle Georgiou

Physician and Healthcare Administrator
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Gerd Gigerenzer

Managing Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
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Mark Gerstein

Professor of Biomedical Infomatics, Yale University
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Ricky Gervais

Actor, Comedian
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Keith Gessen

Author; Editor-In-Chief, n+1
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Gary Giddins

Jazz Critic and Author, "Jazz"
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Markus Giesler

Associate Professor, York University’s Schulich School of Business
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Alan Gilbert

Music Director of the New York Philharmonic
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Dan Gilbert

Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
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Carol Gilligan

Professor, NYU; Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge
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Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the House
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Francesca Gino

Professor, Harvard Business School
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Dana Gioia

Poet; Former Chmn, National Endowment of the Arts
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Karan Girotra

Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations Management, INSEAD
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Neil Giuliano

President, GLAAD
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Marcelo Gleiser

theoretical physicist
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Justin Glenister

Law Think
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Leon Glenister

Law Think
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Adam Glick

President, The Jack Parker Corporation
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Dan Glickman

Chairman & CEO, Motion Picture Assoc. of America
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Arne Glimcher

Chairman, PaceWildenstein Galleries
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Tom Glocer

CEO, Thomson Reuters
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Paul Goble

Writer, Political Analyst
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Teddy Goff

Digital Director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign
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Paul Goldberger

Architecture Critic, The New Yorker
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James Goldgeier

Professor, George Washington University; Author
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David Goldhill

Author, "How American Healthcare Killed My Father"
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Bruce Golding

Prime Minister of Jamaica
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Benji Goldsmith

Student, Hunter College High School; Composer
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Marshall Goldsmith

Founder, Marshall Goldsmith Partners
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Jon Goldstein

Senior Energy Policy Manager, the Environmental Defense Fund
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Niles Goldstein

Founding Rabbi of the New Shul in Manhattan
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Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Philosopher and Author
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Daniel Goleman

Author; Psychologist
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Peter Gomes

Professor, Harvard Divinity School; Reverend, The Memorial Church at Harvard
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Ted Gonder

Executive Director, Co-Founder of Moneythink
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Amy Goodman

Host, Democracy Now!
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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Bestselling author
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Alison Gopnik

Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley
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Phil Gordon

Professional Poker Player
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Annette Gordon-Reed

Professor of Law, New York Law School
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Jason Gorfine

Senior Product Designer, Intrepid Learning
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Sam Gosling

Professor of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
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Midori Goto

Violinist
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Jason Gots

Editor, Big Think
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Michah Gottlieb

Assistant Professor, New York University
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Vijay Govindarajan

Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business
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Lindsey Graham

U.S. Senator
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Andrew Graham-Dixon

Art Critic and Arts Television Host
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Adam Grant

Author, Give and Take
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Maddie Grant

Chief Social Media Strategist, Social Fish
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Gillian Grassie

Musician
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Mike Gravel

Former Senator, (D) Alaska
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David Gray

Musician / Songwriter
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John N Gray

Philosopher
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Eric Green

Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute
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Jeffrey Green

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
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Jason Greenberg

Assistant Professor of Management, New York University
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Robert Greene

Author, The 50th Law
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Robert Greene

Author
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Robin Greenwood

Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
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Hal Gregersen

author and Founder, the 4-24 project
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Carol Greider

Molecular Biologist, Johns Hopkins University
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Eric Greitens

Former Navy SEAL
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Joel Grey

Actor
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Fabrice Grinda

CEO & Co-Founder, OLX Inc.
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Matt Gross

New York Times’ Frugal Traveler
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June Gruber

Professor, Yale University
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Leonard Guarente

Professor of Biology, MIT
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Peter Guber

Chairman and CEO, Mandalay Entertainment Group
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Bob Guccione, Jr.

Acting CEO, Prestige New York
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Artist
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Ranjay Gulati

Professor, Harvard Business School
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Amy Gutmann

President, UPenn; Political Theorist