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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Romi Haan

Founder and CEO, Haan Corp.
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Derek Haas

Screenwriter/Author
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Richard Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations
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Nina Hachigian

The Center For American Progress; Author
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Jacob Hacker

Professor of Political Science, Yale University
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Jim Hackett

Chairman, President, & CEO, Anadarko Petroleum
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Fritz Haeg

Artist
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John Hagel

Co-chairman, Deloitte LLP Center for the Edge
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Jonathan Haidt

Professor, University of Virginia
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Rebecca Hall

Actress
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George Halvorson

Chairman & CEO, Kaiser Permanente
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Gary Hamel

Author
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Lee Hamilton

President & Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Former Congressman
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Heidi Hammel

Senior Research Scientist, Space Science Institute
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Thomas Hampson

Classical Musician / Opera Singer
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Gregory Hannon

Molecular Biologist, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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James Hansen

Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
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Dr. Rick Hanson

Neuropsychologist
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Jon Hanson

Director, Project on Law and Mind Sciences, Harvard Law School
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David Heinemeier Hansson

Programmer and Creator of Ruby on Rails
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John Harbison

Composer; Institute Prof. of Music, MIT
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Tim Harford

Economist
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Dan Harris

Anchor, 'Good Morning America' Weekend Edition
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Judith Rich Harris

Psychologist
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Sam Harris

Author
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Shelby Harris

Sleep Psychologist
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Melissa Harris-Lacewell

Professor, Princeton University
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Carl Hart

Associate Professor of Psychology, Columbia University
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Jason Christopher Hartley

Infantryman, New York Army National Guard
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Fred Hassan

Former Chairman & CEO, Schering-Plough Corp.
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David Hauslaib

Editor, Jossip
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Stephen Hawking

Theoretical Physicist
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Joel Hay

Professor of Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy
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Steven Hayes

Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada
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Qinglian He

Economist; Author
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Christie Hefner

Former Chairman & CEO, Playboy Enterprises
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Heidi Krauel Patel

President & Head of Communities Investing, New Island Capital
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Michael Heller

Professor of Real Estate Law, Columbia Law; Author
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Lucy Lee Helm

Executive Vice President, Starbucks
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Peter Henry

Dean, NYU's Stern School of Business
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Brian Henson

Chairman, The Jim Henson Company
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Susan Herman

President of the American Civil Liberties Union
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Sam Herring

CEO, Intrepid Learning
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Dr. Denise L. Herzing

Research Director, The Wild Dolphin Project
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Regina Herzlinger

Professor, Harvard Business School
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Edward Hess

Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business
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Mark Hewitt

Architect, Historian & Preservationist
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Sylvia Hewlett

Founding President, Center for Work-Life Policy
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Jack Hidary

Chairman, SmartTransportation.org
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Graham Hill

Vice President, Interactive Media, Planet Green
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Linda Hill

Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
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Marjorie Hill

CEO, Gay Men's Health Crisis
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Perez Hilton

Blogger and TV personality
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Katie Hinde

PhD, Assistant Professor in Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
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Caroline Hirsch

Owner, Carolines on Broadway
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Edward Hirsch

Poet and President of the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
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David Ho

Scientific Director & CEO, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
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Reid Hoffman

Founder, LinkedIn
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Brian Hoffstein

Contributing Writer
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Regan Hofmann

Editor, POZ Magazine
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Jim Hoge

Editor, Foreign Affairs Magazine
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Jeffrey Hollender

Co-founder & CEO, Seventh Generation
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Krisztina Holly

Vice Provost for Innovation at the University of Southern California
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Daniel Honan

Managing Editor, Big Think
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Douglas Hopkins

Author, A Citizen’s 2% Solution
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Peter Hopkins

Co-Founder and President, Big Think
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Jeanette Horan

Chief Information Officer, IBM
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John Horgan

Author, The End of War
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Robert Hormats

Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs
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Mitch Horowitz

Author, "Occult America"
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Sara Horowitz

Founder, Freelancers Union
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Tony Hsieh

CEO of Zappos.com
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Hilda Huang

Pianist
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Clifford Hudis

Chief of the Breast Cancer Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
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Rob Huebel

Comedian; Co-Creator, Human Giant
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Arianna Huffington

Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post
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James Hughes

Bioethicist and Executive Director, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
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Teddy Hunt

Big Think Contributor
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John Hunter

Author, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements
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Siri Hustvedt

Novelist
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Matthew Hutson

Author, the 7 Laws of Magical Thinking
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Mark Hyman

Author, The Blood Sugar Solution
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Kay Hymowitz

Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute