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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Hugh Raffles

Anthropology Professor, The New School, New York City
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Majid Rafizadeh

Policy analyst and human rights activist
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Dave Rahill

President, Health & Benefits, Mercer
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Sunil Rajaraman

Founder and CEO, Scripted.com
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V. S. Ramachandran

Director, Center for Brain & Cognition, UC San Diego
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Ainissa Ramirez

Science Evangelist
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Lisa Randall

Physicist, Harvard University
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Joe Randazzo

Editor, The Onion
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James Randi

Magician and Scientific Skeptic
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Shai Rashef

Founder & President, University of the People
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Erik Rasmussen

Founder, Copenhagen Climate Council
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Carlo Ratti

Director, MIT’s SENSEable City Laboratory
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Justin Rattner

Chief Technology Officer, Intel
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Steven Rattner

Private Equity Investor, Former Auto Czar
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Doug Rauch

Former President, Trader Joe's
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Kal Raustiala

Professor, UCLA Law School; Director, UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations
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Sanjay Rawal

Director, Food Chains
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Kathleen Kelley Reardon

Professor Emerita, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business
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Karl Rebay

Director, Moss Adams
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Rebecca MacKinnon

Internet policy expert, co-founder of Global Voices
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Harry Reid

U.S. Senator (D) Nevada; Senate Majority Leader
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Ian Reisner

Co-Founder, Parkview Developers
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David Remnick

Editor, The New Yorker
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Lynda Resnick

Co-Chair, Roll International
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Emily Reyna

Senior Manager of Partnerships and Alliances, EDF US Climate and Energy Program
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Rich Lesser

Chairman, North & South America, Boston Consulting Group
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Nathaniel Rich

Author; Senior Editor, The Paris Review
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Richard Tafel

Founder, Log Cabin Republicans and Public Squared
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Bill Richardson

Governor, New Mexico (D)
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Matthew Richardson

Professor of Finance, NYU
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Rick Richter

Founder & CEO, Ruckus Mobile Media
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Alan Rickman

Actor
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Paul Rieckhoff

Founder, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
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David Rieff

Author, Journalist
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Rob Riemen

Founder, Nexus Institute
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Jeremy Rifkin

Founder and President, The Foundation on Economic Trends
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Meredith Ringel Morris

Researcher, Microsoft
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Jean-Francois Rischard

Former Vice President, The World Bank
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Laura Rittenhouse

President, Rittenhouse Rankings
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Josh Ritter

Singer, Songwriter, & Musician
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Christopher E. Rivard

CPA, NATIONAL PRACTICE LEADER, HEALTH CARE GROUP - Moss Adams
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Alice Rivlin

Former Vice-Chair, Federal Reserve
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Stephen S. Roach

Senior Lecturer, Yale School of Management
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Mary Roach

Science Journalist and Author
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Robert Davidson

Assistant Professor, Georgetown University
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Robert Greenberg

Pianist, music historian
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Robert Lerman

Economist, American University
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Roberto Díaz

Violist and President of Curtis Institute of Music
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Glenn Roberts

Farmer and Owner of Anson Mills
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Julie Roberts

Singer
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Brian Robertson

Organizational Entrepreneur, HolacracyOne
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Marilynne Robinson

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
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Mary Robinson

Fmr. President of Ireland
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Sir Ken Robinson

Creativity Expert
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Mo Rocca

Humorist
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Geena Rocero

Transgender Model and Advocate
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Joyce Roché

President and CEO, Girls Incorporated
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Tara Rockefeller

Board Member, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
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Elizabeth Rodd

Director/Producer
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Dani Rodrik

Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy
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Mark Roeder

Author, Financial Executive
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Jim Rogers

Chairman, Rogers Holdings
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Peter Rojas

Co-founder, Engadget
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Henry Rollins

Artist
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Nita Rollins

Innovation Consultant; Director of Thought Leadership, Resource Interactive
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Anthony Romero

National Director, ACLU
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Mitt Romney

Fmr. Governor, Massachusetts (R)
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Avner Ronen

CEO, Boxee
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David Ropeik

Risk Educator and Consultant
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Frank Rose

Contributing Editor, Wired Magazine
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Gideon Rose

Editor, Foreign Affairs
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Kevin Rose

Founder & Chief Architect, Digg
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Andrew S. Rosen

Chairman and CEO, Kaplan
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Jay Rosen

Assoc. Professor, New York University
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Katherina Rosqueta

Executive Director, Center of High Impact Philanthropy
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Alec Ross

Senior Adviser for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
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Dennis Ross

Special Advisor, U.S. State Department
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Ryan Ross

Investigative Reporter
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Jean-Pierre Rosso

Chairman, World Economic Forum USA
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Kenneth Roth

Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
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Nouriel Roubini

Professor of Economics, New York University
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Global Roundtable

The Future of Economic Competition
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Deb Roy

Founder, BlueFin Labs
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Steve Rubel

Director of Insights, Edelman Digital
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Jennifer Rubell

Food & Entertaining Writer: Cookbook Author
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David Rubenstein

Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
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Dustin Rubenstein

Assistant Professor, Columbia University
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Danny Rubin

Screenwriter
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Donald Rubin

Co-Founder, Rubin Museum of Art
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Gretchen Rubin

Author, "The Happiness Project"
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Henry-Alex Rubin

Filmmaker
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Jeffrey Rubin

Author, The Art of Flourishing
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Julia Sass Rubin

Associate Professor of Public Policy, Rutgers University
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Robert Rubino

Obstetrician/Gynecologist
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Darius Rucker

Singer/Musician
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Stace Rudd

President, The Brighton Group
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Christian Rudder

Co-Founder and President, OkCupid
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Hector Ruiz

Former CEO & Executive Chairman, AMD
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Donald Rumsfeld

Former Secretary of Defense
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George Rupp

President & CEO, International Rescue Committee
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Salman Rushdie

Novelist
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Douglas Rushkoff

Media theorist
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Alan Russell

Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
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Burt Rutan

Aerospace Engineer
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Josh Ruxin

Director, Rwanda Works
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Christopher Ryan

Author and Psychologist