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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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Diamond Dallas Page

Former WCW World Heavyweight Champion
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Diana Page

Singer/Songwriter
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Leif Pagrotsky

Member of Parliament, Sweden
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Nell Irvin Painter

Professor of American History, Princeton
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Brian Palacios

Founder and CEO, Fabricastl
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Peter Palese

Chairman, Department of Microbiology, Mt. Sinai Medical Center
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Orhan Pamuk

Author
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George Papandreou

Former Prime Minister of Greece
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Parag Khanna

Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute
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Stewart Parker

Senior Advisor and Former CEO, Infectious Disease Research Institute
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Jay Parkinson

Co-founder, Hello Health
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Stephen Parman

Professor
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Heidi Krauel Patel

President and Head of Communities Investing, New Island Capital
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Raj Patel

Author / Activist
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Sonia Patel

Scientist, Pfizer Global Research & Development
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Dev Patnaik

Founder and CEO, Jump Associates
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Patricia Milligan

President, Human Capital, Mercer
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Patrick Cappiello

Operating Partner and Wine Director, Pearl & Ashe
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Ernest Patrikis

Partner, White & Case
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Thorsten J. Pattberg

Research Fellow, Peking University
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Aaron Patzer

Founder & CEO, Mint.com
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Jeffrey Peek

CEO, C.I.T. Group
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Peggielene Bartels

King of Otuam, Ghana
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Efrat Peled

Chairman and CEO, Arison Investments
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Nancy Pelosi

Congresswoman (D-Calif.)
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Enrique Peñalosa

Former Mayor, Bogotá, Colombia
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Jacques Pepin

Chef; Author
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James Percelay

Principal, Thinkmodo, Inc.
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Esther Perel

Sex Therapist, Author, and Speaker
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Michael Perelman

Sex Therapist
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Robert Perkinson

Author, "Texas Tough: The Rise of a Prison Empire"
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Jack Perkowski

Chairman and CEO, ASIMCO
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Leslie Perlow

Professor: Harvard Business School, Author: Sleeping With Your Smartphone
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Tom Perrotta

Author
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Marc Perton

Vice President of Content, Big Think
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Tom Peters

Business Writer
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Peter Peterson

Co-Founder, The Blackstone Group; Chairman Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations
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Arlie Petters

Professor of Mathematics, Physics, & Business Administration, Duke University
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Jeffrey Pfeffer

Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford University
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Peter Pham

Founder & CEO, Billshrink.com
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Ethan Philbrick

Musician
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Jekeva Phillips

Editorial Coordinator, AllTreatment
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Vicki Phillips

Director of Education, College Ready in the U.S. Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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William Phillips

Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist
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T. Boone Pickens

Energy Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
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Kate Pickett

Epidemiologist, University of York
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Vincent Pieribone

Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine
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Richard Pildes

Constitutional Law Professor, NYU School of Law
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Jena Pincott

Author, Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?
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Dan Pink

Business Analyst and Author
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Steven Pinker

Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
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Kurt Pitzer

Author / Journalist
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Nina Planck

Author, "Real Food"
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Graham Plaster

Foreign Area Officer, Middle East
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Adam Platt

Restaurant Critic, New York Magazine
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Robert D. Plotnick

Professor, Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington
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David Pogue

Technology Columnist, The New York Times
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Michael Pollan

Journalist and Author
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Claudiu Popa

CEO & Principal Risk Advisor, Informatica
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Carl Pope

Executive Director, The Sierra Club
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Barry M. Popkin

Director, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill's Interdisciplinary Center for Obesity
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Mischa Popoff

Author, Is it Organic?
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Ruth Porat

Global CFO, Morgan Stanley
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Michael Porter

Professor, Harvard Business School
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Zac Posen

Fashion Designer
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Richard Posner

Judge, 7th Court of Appeals; Author; Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago Law
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Stephen G. Post

Professor of Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
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Virginia Postrel

Author; Blogger; Editor
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Vikas Pota

Chief Executive, Varkey GEMS Foundation
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Anders Poulsen

Co-founder and Writer, Grasp
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Harriet Mays Powell

Fashion Director, New York Magazine
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James Lawrence Powell

Author, The Inquisition of Climate Science
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William Powers

Technology & Media Writer
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Azim Premji

Chairman, Wipro Ltd.
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Brandon Presser

Travel Author
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Clyde Prestowitz

President, Economic Strategy Institute
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Lisa Price

Founder & President, Carol's Daughter
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Richard Price

Author
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Joel Primack

Distinguished Professor of Physics Director, UC Santa Cruz
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Nomi Prins

Author
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Project Syndicate

Commentary and Analysis by Thought Leaders
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Barry Ptolemy

Producer / Director
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Valerie Purdie-Vaughns

Associate Professor of Psychology, Columbia University
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Matthew Putman

CEO, Nanotronics Imaging
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Robert Putnam

Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government