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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Tod Machover

Composer and Inventor, MIT Media Lab
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John Mackey

CEO, Whole Foods Market
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Richard MacManus

Founder & Editor, ReadWriteWeb
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John Maeda

President, Rhode Island School of Design
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Maer Roshan

founder and editor-in-chief of The Fix
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Dimitri Maex

Author, Sexy Little Numbers
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Marcelo Magnasco

Head of the Laboratory of Mathematical Physics at Rockefeller University
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Kishore Mahbubani

Dean & Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
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John Buffalo Mailer

Actor & Writer
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David Maine

Author
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Rachel Maines

Technology Historian
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Hooman Majd

Author / Journalist
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Joel Makower

Executive Editor, Greenbiz.com
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Doug Malewicki

President and Chief Scientist, AeroVisions Inc.
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Tom Malinowski

Washington Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
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Gregoire Mallard

Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University
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Thomas G. Malone

President and Chief Executive Officer, MicroGREEN Polymers
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David Mamet

Author, The War Stories
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Benoit Mandelbrot

Mathematician and Professor Emeritus, Yale University
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Robert Mankoff

Cartoon Editor, The New Yorker
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Harvey Mansfield

Political Theorist; Author; Professor, Harvard
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Marc Perton

Vice President of Content, Big Think
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Gary Marcus

Professor of Psychology, NYU
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Ziggy Marley

Musician
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Justin Marlowe

Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, The University of Washington
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James Marsh

Filmmaker
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Yann Martel

Novelist
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Rob Martienssen

Professor and HHMI Investigator
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James Martin

Jesuit Priest and Author of “The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything”
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Neale Martin

Author/Futurist
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Roger Martin

Dean, Rotman School
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Steve Martin

Founder, Nasty Little Man
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Mary Ellen Iskenderian

President and CEO, Women's World Bank
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Alane Salierno Mason

Founder, Words Without Borders
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Harry Massey

Writer, director & entrepreneur
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Arthur Matas

Director, The Renal Transplant Program at the University of Minnesota
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Tara Matise

Computational Geneticist, Rutgers University
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Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz

Co-founders, (Malin+Goetz)
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Matthew Putman

Chief Executive Officer, Nanotronics
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Matthew Shepatin

Journalist
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Alex Matthiessen

President, Riverkeeper
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Michael Mauboussin

Chief Investment Strategist, Legg Mason Capital Management
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Tim Maudlin

Rutgers University Philosopher
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Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Director of the Information Policy Research Center, National University of Singapore
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Steven Mazie

Associate Professor of Political Studies, Bard High School Early College
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Andrew McAfee

Associate Director of the Center for Digital Business, MIT Sloan School of Management
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John McCain

U.S. Senator (R), Arizona
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Michael McCallister

President & CEO, Humana, Inc.
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Tim McCarthy

Director, Human Rights and Social Movements Program, Harvard University
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Charles McClure

CEO, ArvinMeritor
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Malachy McCourt

Author and Actor
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David McCullough

Historian / Author
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Charles McElwee

Environmental and Energy Lawyer
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Cynthia McFadden

Co-Anchor, "Nightline"
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Jane McGonigal

Video Game Designer
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Charlton McIlwain

Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU
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Robert McKee

Screenwriting Guru
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Bill McKibben

Author & Environmental Activist
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Scott McLeod

Associate Professor of Educational Administration, Iowa State University
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Ed McMahon

Television Personality
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James McManus

Author / Poker Player
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David McRaney

Author, You Are Now Less Dumb
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Jon Meacham

Editor, Newsweek
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Brendan Meade

Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
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Ken Mehlman

Former RNC Chairman
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Richard Meier

Architect
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Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman

Co-authors, Fabricated
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Alfred Mele

Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University
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Heidi Melin

Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Polycom
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Doug Melton

Doctor
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Louis Menand

English Professor, Harvard University
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Lenny Mendonca

Chairman, McKinsey Global Institute
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Robert Menendez

U.S. Senator, (D) New Jersey
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Sallai Meridor

Ambassador of Israel to the U.S.
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Kevin Merritt

Founder and CEO, Socrata
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Robert Merton

Professor, Harvard Business School; Nobel Laureate
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Dennis Genpo Merzel

Zen Master
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Amanda Mesler

CEO, Logica North America
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Jonathan Metzl

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan
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Christopher Meyer

Innovator, business builder, author, founder of Monitor Talent
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Danny Meyer

CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group
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Bernadette Meyler

Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
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Michael Ellsberg

Author, The Education of Millionaires and The Power of Eye Contact
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Michael Pollan

Journalist and Author
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Michael Powers

Professor of risk management and finance
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Michael Schatz

Assistant Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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John Micklethwait

Editor, The Economist
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Bob Miglani

Author, Embrace the Chaos: How India Taught Me To Stop Overthinking and Start Living
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Stephen Miles

Leadership Consultant
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Matt Miller

Senior Fellow, Center For American Progress
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Rebecca Miller

Author/Filmmaker
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D. Quinn Mills

Consultant; Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School
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Lee Mindel

Architect
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Norm Mineta

Vice Chairman, Hill & Knowlton, Inc.; Former Secretary of Transportation
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Jeffrey Miron

Economist, Harvard
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Bill Mitchell

Director, The Media Lab’s Smart Cities Group, MIT
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George Mitchell

Former Senator, (D) Maine; Special Envoy for the Middle East
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John Cameron Mitchell

Filmmaker, Actor & Writer
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Kevin Mitnick

Legendary Hacker, Security Consultant
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Moby

Musician
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Matthew Modine

Actor/Director
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Roger Moenks

Author,
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Mark Moffett

Entomologist
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Dalia Mogahed

Executive Director of Muslim Studies, Gallup
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Mohamed A. El-Erian

Chief Economic Adviser at Allianz
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Tara Sophia Mohr

Writer, women's leadership coach, and personal growth teacher
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Saad Mohseni

Entrepreneur
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Monique Leroux

President and CEO, Desjardins Group
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Robert A.G. Monks

Author, Citizens DisUnited
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Robert Montenegro

Ideafeed Editor
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Rick Moody

Novelist
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Tauriq Moosa

Writer, Ethicist
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Evo Morales

President, Bolivia
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Enrico Moretti

Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley
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Jim Moriarty

CEO, Surfrider Foundation
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Errol Morris

Film director
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Robert Morris

Essayist
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Kevin Morrison

Assistant Professor of Government, Cornell University
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Kadam Morten

Buddhist Teacher
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Kenny Moscot

President, Moscot Eyewear & Eyecare
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Ivan Moscovich

Puzzle Master, Inventor
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Edwin Moses

Olympic Gold Medalist
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Walter Mosley

Novelist
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Walt Mossberg

Technology Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
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Markos Moulitsas

Founder, Daily Kos
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Francoise Mouly

Art Editor, The New Yorker
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Dambisa Moyo

Author
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Jason Mraz

Singer/Musician
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Siddhartha Mukherjee

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Columbia University
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Gautam Mukunda

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Harvard Business School
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Steven Mundahl

Author, The Alchemy of Authentic Leadership
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Robert Mundell

Professor of Economics, Columbia University
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Jochen Mundinger

Founder, routeRANK
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Aditi Muralidharan

UC-Berkeley Ph.D. student
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Charles Murray

Fellow, the American Enterprise Institute
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Elon Musk

CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors
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Arthur Mutambara

Pres., Movement for Democratic Change (Zimbabwe)
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Blake Mycoskie

Chief Shoe Giver, TOMS Shoes
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Betsy Myers

Founding Director, the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University
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Jack Myers

Chairman, Media Advisory Group
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Nathan Myhrvold

Modernist Chef and Inventor