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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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Robert Lacey

Author, "The Kingdom"
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Chairman, President and CEO, Procter & Gamble
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Michael Laitman

Founder, Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Institute
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Josh Lambert

Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University
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Anne Lamott

Novelist
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Eddie Lampert

Hedge Fund Manager
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Michael Landau

Chairman, MAP International
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Jaron Lanier

Author, "You Are Not a Gadget"
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Larry King

Emmy award-winning talk show host
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Larry Rosen

Research psychologist
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Nicholas LaRusso

Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Center For Innovation
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Marc Lasry

Chairman and Founder, Avenue Capital Group
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Cheryl Lasse

Managing Partner, Edutainment Media
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David Lat

Founding Editor, AboveTheLaw.com
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Peter Lavelle

Host, In Context
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Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

President and CEO, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Peter Lawler

Professor of Government, Berry College
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Paul Lawrence

Professor, Harvard Business School
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Layli Miller-Muro

Founder and Executive Director, Tahirih Justice Center
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Nicole Lazzaro

Founder and President, XEODesign
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Sir Terry Leahy

Former CEO, Tesco
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Howard Lederer

Professional Poker Player
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Joseph LeDoux

Professor of Science and Director Emotional Brain Institute, NYU
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Marisa Renee Lee

Founder and President, The Pink Agenda
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Marianne Legato

Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University
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John Legend

Singer / Songwriter
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Philippe Legrain

Journalist and Economist
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Jim Lehrer

Anchor, "The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer"
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Jonah Lehrer

Author
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Mike Leigh

Filmmaker
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Nicholas Lemann

Dean, Columbia Univ. School of Journalism
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Mark Leonard

Executive Director, European Council on Foreign Relations
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Arthur Lerner-Lam

Seismologist, Columbia University
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Jonathan Lethem

Novelist
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Ezra Levant

Blogger
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Madeline Levine

Psychologist
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Saul Levmore

William B. Graham Distinguished Professor of Law at The University of Chicago
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Bernard-Henri Lévy

Philosopher
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Reynold Levy

President, Lincoln Center
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Lewis Cantley

Professor of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School.
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Michael Lewis

Author/Journalist
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Nate Lewis

Chemistry Professor, CalTech
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Sarah Lewis

Du Bois Fellow, Harvard University
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Charlene Li

Founder, Altimeter Group
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Junheng Li

Head of Research, JL Warren Capital
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Matthew Liao

Bioethicist, NYU
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Edward Liddy

Chairman of the Board, The Allstate Corporation
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Josh Lieb

Executive Producer, "The Daily Show"
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Bob Lieber

Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, New York City
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David Life

Yoga Master; Co-Founder, Jivamukti Yoga
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Lukas Ligeti

Composer & Percussionist
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Jay Light

Former Dean, Harvard Business School
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Judith Light

Actor and Activist
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Paul Light

Professor of Public Service, NYU
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Alan Lightman

Professor of the Practice of the Humanities, MIT
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Andrew Likierman

Dean of the London Business School
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David J. Linden

Professor of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University
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James Lipton

Creator and Host,“Inside the Actors Studio”
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Jenny Listman

Anthropological Geneticist, Yale Univeristy School of Medicine
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Warren Littlefield

Former President, NBC
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Jeff Livingston

Senior Vice President, McGraw-Hill Education
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Thalma Lobel

Professor, Tel Aviv University School of Psychological Sciences
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Kyle Loh

Researcher, Harvard Stem Cell Institute
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George Lois

Design Guru
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Bjørn Lomborg

Environmental Economics Professor, Copenhagen Business School
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Steve Loranger

CEO and President, ITT Corporation
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Bob Lord

Global CEO of Razorfish
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Greg Louganis

Olympic Diver
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Glenn Loury

Professor of Social Sciences & Economics, Brown University
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Murray Low

Professor, Columbia Business School
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Ed Lu

Chairman & CEO, B612
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Edward Lucas

Central and Eastern Europe Correspondent
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Dr. Lucky

Burlesque Performer, NYU Professor
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Hal Luftig

Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer
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Max Lugavere

Host and Producer, Current TV
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Wendy Luhabe

Founder and Chair, Women Private Equity Fund
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Joseph Luzzi

Director of Italian Studies, Bard College
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Sarah Lyall

London Correspondent, The New York Times
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Lynda Weinman

Co-founder, Lynda.com
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Susan Lyne

Chairman & CEO, Gilt Groupe
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Sonja Lyubomirsky

Professor of Psychology, UC Riverside