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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K. Mike Merrill

The Human I.P.O.
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Ernie Kahane

Director of Learning Strategy and Acquisitions Integration, EMC Corporation
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Michael Kahn

Artistic Director, The Shakespeare Theatre Company
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Daniel Kahneman

Nobel Prize-Winning Psychologist
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Prasad Kaipa

CEO coach and senior fellow at the Indian School of Business
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Jim Kakalios

Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota
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Michio Kaku

Professor of Theoretical Physics, CUNY
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Marvin Kalb

Founding Director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government
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Dean Kamen

Co-founder, FIRST; President, DEKA Research and Development
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Anya Kamenetz

Author, "DIY U"
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Satoshi Kanazawa

Evolutionary Psychologist and Intelligence Researcher, London School of Economics
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Yibin Kang

Associate Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
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Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Professor, Harvard Business School; Author
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Robert Steven Kaplan

Professor, Harvard Business School
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Fred Karger

2012 Republican Presidential Candidate
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Jeffrey Karp

Assistant Professor, Harvard University Medical School
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Anatoly Karpov

World Chess Champion 1975-1985
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Jerome Kasparian

Physicist
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Garry Kasparov

World Chess Champion 1985-2000
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Kate O'Connor

Aide to Howard Dean from 1991-2004
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Kathleen Kelley Reardon

Professor Emerita, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business
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Howard Gardner and Katie Davis

Authors of The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World
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Carla Katz

Former President, CWA Local 1034
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David Katz

Director, Yale University’s Prevention Research Center
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Nicholas Katzenbach

Former U.S. Attorney General
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Ken Kaufmann

Senior Organizational Development Consultant, Swedish Health Services
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Guy Kawasaki

Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures
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Kay Koplovitz

Founder, USA Network
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Sarah Kay

Poet
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Kayt Sukel

Author of Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influence Love, Sex, and Relationships
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Alan Kazdin

Professor of Psychology, Yale University
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Dónal Kearney

Law Think
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Jonathon Keats

Experimental Philosopher
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Tim Keller

Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church; Author
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Kelly Clark

Olympic Gold Medalist and Founder of the Kelly Clark Foundation
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Dacher Keltner

Psychologist, UC Berkeley
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Ken Auletta

Writer, The New Yorker
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David Kennedy

Professor of History, Stanford University
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Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009

Late U.S. Senator (D) Massachusetts
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Kenneth Rogoff

Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Harvard University
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David Kenny

Chairman & CEO, Digitas
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Douglas Kenrick

Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University
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Adam Kepecs

Neuroscientist
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Kevin Ryan

Founder & CEO, Gilt Groupe
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Ali Khademhosseini

Associate Professor, Harvard-MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology
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Mahvish Khan

Author / Lawyer / Journalist
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Salman Khan

Founder, Khan Academy
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Michelle Khine

Assistant Professor, University of California at Irvine
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Vinod Khosla

Co-Founder, Sun Microsystems; Founder, Khosla Ventures
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Stephen King

Partner, Omidyar Network
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Mia Kirshner

Actress/Social Activist
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Robert Kirshner

Astrophysicist, Harvard University
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Michael Kirven

Founder & CEO, Mondo
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Artist
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Michael Klare

Professor & Director of PAWSS, The Five Colleges
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Scott Kleeb

Candidate for U.S. Senate, Nebraska
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Joel Klein

Former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
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Naomi Klein

Economist; Author
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Leonard Kleinrock

UCLA Professor of Computer Science
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Erik Klemetti

Volcanologist, Denison University
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Jeffrey Kluger

Senior Writer, TIME Magazine
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Mike Knetter

Dean, Wisconsin School of Business
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Samsun Knight

Big Think Contributor
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Monica Knoll

Executive Director, CANCER101
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Ed Koch

Former Mayor, New York City
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Eric Kocher

Staff Sergeant
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Nancy Koehn

Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
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Aun Koh

Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Ate Group, Singapore
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Lawrence Koh

CEO, International Diversified Products
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George Kohlrieser

Professor, IMD
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Andrew Kohut

President, The Pew Research Center
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Barry Komisaruk

Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University
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Maria Konnikova

Author, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
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Jeff Koplan

Vice President for Global Health, Emory University
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Harold Koplewicz

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
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Wendy Kopp

Founder and President, Teach for America
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Daniel Koretz

Professor of Education, Harvard
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John Kotter

Chief Innovation Officer, Kotter International
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Jason Kottke

Founder, Kottke.org; Fmr. Web Designer
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Felix Kramer

Founder, California Cars Initiative
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Larry Kramer

Dean of Stanford Law School
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Mark Kramer

Founder, FSG Social Impact Advisors
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Lawrence Krauss

Physicist, Author: A Universe from Nothing
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Kristen Wolf

Novelist
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Paul Krugman

Professor of Economics, Princeton; Columnist, The New York Times
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Fred Krupp

President, The Environmental Defense Fund
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Irina Krush

Chess Champion
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Dennis Kucinich

US Representative, Ohio (D)
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Irwin Kula

Rabbi; President of CLAL
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Bob Kulhan

Professor, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
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Marianne DelPo Kulow

Professor of law, Bentley University
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C. Raj Kumar

Professor and Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University; Dean, Jindal Global Law School
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Andrew Kuper

President, LeapFrog Investment
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Michael Kupperman

Comic Artist
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Ray Kurzweil

Inventor, Author, Futurist