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

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Shirley Ann Jackson

President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Rishi Jaitly

Market Director, South & Southeast Asia at Twitter
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James Abruzzo

Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Nonprofit Practice, DHR International
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James Fallon

Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, UC Irvine School of Medicine
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Dale Jamieson

Professor, New York University
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Kay Redfield Jamison

Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
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Leila Janah

Founder and CEO, Samasource
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Jane Diplock

Finance policy expert, barrister
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Jane Hyun

Founder and President, Hyun & Associates
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Jeff Jarvis

Founder, BuzzMachine.com; Columnist, The Guardian
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Ray Jayawardhana

Dean of Science and Professor of Physics & Astronomy, York University
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Benjamin Jealous

President, NAACP
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Wyclef Jean

Musician / Singer / Songwriter
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Stephan Jenkins

Lead singer, Third Eye Blind
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Nathan M. Jensen

Associate Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis
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Mary Lou Jepsen

Founder & CEO, Pixel Qi
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Penn Jillette

Magician
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Jim Goodnight

CEO, SAS
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Mitchell Joachim

Architect / Co-Founder, Terraform ONE
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Donald Johanson

Paleoanthropologist
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Gregory Johnsen

Near East Studies Scholar, Princeton University
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Clay Johnson

Author, Digital Strategist
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Kevin R. Johnson

Dean, UC Davis School of Law
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Kirk Johnson

Director, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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Paula Johnson

Executive Director, Connors Center for Women's Health
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Simon Johnson

Economist, MIT
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Tory Johnson

CEO, Women For Hire
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Jon Iwata

Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications, IBM
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Jonathan Fleece

attorney
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Geoff Jones

Professor, Harvard Business School
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George Jones

Former President & CEO, Borders Group, Inc.
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James Jones

Former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
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Owen Jones

Director, MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project
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Van Jones

Co-Founder and President, Rebuild the Dream and Former Special Advisor, White House Council on Environmental Quality