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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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Matt Taibbi

Journalist
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Heizo Takenaka

Former Japanese Minister
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Gay Talese

Author
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Jaan Tallinn

Computer Programmer, Skype and Kazaa
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Tanvi Gautam

Contributor
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Andrés Tapia

Senior Partner, Korn Ferry
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Jonathan Taplin

Director, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab
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Francis Tapon

Travel Writer
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Don Tapscott

Chairman, nGenera Insight
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Jill Tarter

Director of the Center for SETI Research
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Peter Tatchell

Human Rights Activist
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Billy Tauzin

CEO, Pharm. Research and Manufacturers of America
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Craig Taylor

Writer
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Dylan Taylor

CEO | Americas, Colliers International
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Jim Taylor

Ceo, Hummer; Former GM, Cadillac
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Paul Taylor

Senior Fellow, Pew Research Center
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Terry Teachout

Drama Critic, Wall Street Journal
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Jaime Teevan

Researcher, Microsoft Research
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Nader Tehrani

M.I.T. Architecture Professor
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Moshik Temkin

Assistant Professor, Harvard University
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John Temple

Former Editor & Publisher, The Rocky Mountain News
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Brad Templeton

Former Chair, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Networks & Computing Chair, Singularity University
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Mark Tercek

President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy and Former Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
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Glennda Testone

Director of the LGBT Center of New York
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Richard Thaler

Professor, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
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Kelly Thambimuthu

Chairman, IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Program
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Shashi Tharoor

fmr. U.N. Under Sec. Gen. for Communciations; Author
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Peter Thiel

President, Clarium Capital Management
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Yvette Alberdingk Thijm

Executive Director of WITNESS
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Kas Thomas

Big Think Contributor
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Tommy Thompson

Former Governor of Wisconsin; Former Secretary, Health and Human Services
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Peter Thum

Founder, Ethos Water and Fonderie 47
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Robert Thurman

Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia University and President of the Tibet House U.S.
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Baratunde Thurston

Author, Comedian, Director of Digital for the Onion
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Tiffany Shlain

Filmmaker, Founder of the Webby Awards
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Lionel Tiger

Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University
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Shirley Tilghman

Molecular Biologist; Pres., Princeton University
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Tim Brown

CEO, IDEO
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Bonnie Timmerman

Casting Agent; Author
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Kip Tindell

Chairman and CEO, The Container Store
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Tony Tjan

Managing Partner, Cue Ball Capital
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Charlie Todd

Founder, Improv Everywhere
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Tom Adams

CEO, Rosetta Stone
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Halla Tomasdottir

Co-founder of Audur Capital financial services
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Shaun Tomson

Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Former World Champion Surfer
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Jeffrey Toobin

Legal Analyst, CNN
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Michael Totten

Journalist, Blogger
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Laurel Touby

Founder, mediabistro
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James Traub

Author/Journalist
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Trevor Blake

Entrepreneur
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Laurence Tribe

Professor, Harvard Law School; Attorney; Author
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Calvin Trillin

Author / Journalist
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Juan Troncoso

Director, Brain Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University
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Edward Tse

Chairman for Greater China, Booz & Company
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Zachary Tumin

Deputy Commissioner, Strategic Initiatives at New York Police Department
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August Turak

Entrepreneur and Author
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Danilo Türk

Former President of Slovenia
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Michael Turton

University English Instructor
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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Director, Hayden Planetarium