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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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Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
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Frans de Waal

Biologist and primatologist
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Gary Wadler

World Anti-Doping Agency; NYU School of Medicine
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Gernot Wagner

Economist
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Michael Waldman

Executive Director, NYU's Brennan Center
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Jimmy Wales

Chairman, Wikia; Co-Founder, Wikipedia
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David Walker

Former U.S. Comptroller General; President & CEO, PGPF
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Jeff Walker

Co-author, “The Generosity Network”
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Larry Wall

Founder, Perl Programming Language
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Jim Wallis

Author; Editor-in-Chief, Sojourners
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Margot Wallström

U.N. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict
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Christopher Walsh

Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
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Stephen Walt

Prof. of Intl. Affairs, Harvard University
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Michael Walzer

Professor Emeritus, The Institute for Advanced Study
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Sam Wang

Neuroscientist, Princeton University
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Peter Ward

Professor, Sprigg Institute of Geobiology, The University of Adelaide
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Geoff Wardle

Director of Advanced Mobility Research, Art Center College of Design
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Kay Warren

Executive Director, HIV/AIDS Initiative, Saddleback Church
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Rick Warren

Pastor, Saddleback Church
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Bill Wasik

Senior Editor, Harper’s Magazine
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John Waters

Filmmaker
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James Watson

Molecular Biologist, Co-Discoverer of DNA
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Tom Watson

Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum
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Alan Webber

Founding Editor, Fast Company Magazine
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Caroline Weber

Associate Professor of French Literature, Columbia University
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Dr. Andrew Weil

Physician and Author, "Spontaneous Happiness"
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Alan Weisman

Journalist / Author
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Philip Weiss

Writer; Founder, Mondoweiss
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Ai Weiwei

Artist
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Ernst Weizsäcker

Co-chair, U.N. International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management
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Spencer Wells

The National GeoDirector, The Genographic Project
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Irvine Welsh

Novelist/Screenwriter
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Margaret Wertheim

Author, Physics on the Fringe
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David Wessel

Economics Editor, Wall Street Journal
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Cornel West

Princeton Professor, Author of "Brother West"
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Jessamyn West

Community Moderator, MetaFilter.com; Blogger
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Kanye West

Rapper/Singer
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Christopher Wheeldon

Choreographer; Artistic Director & Co-Founder, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company
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Beverly Whipple

Professor Emerita, Rutgers University
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Ed Whitacre

Former Chairman & CEO, General Motors Company
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Father Thomas White

Professor of Theology, The Dominican House of Studies
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Matt White

Singer/Musician
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Amanda Whitman

Contributor, Big Think
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Christine Todd Whitman

Co-Chair, CASEnergy; Former Governor, New Jersey
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Richard Wiese

Explorer; Former President, The Explorers Club
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Roy Wiggins

Dean of Business and the McCallum Graduate School, Bentley University
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Michael Wigler

Genetics Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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Ken Wilcox

President and CEO, SVB Financial
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Susan Wilczynski

Director, National Autism Center
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Christopher Wildeman

Professor of Sociology, Yale University
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Eric Wilhelm

Founder & CEO, Instructables
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William Clemens, III

Executive Search Expert, Spencer Stuart
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Chris Williams

CMO, Capgemini
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Cody Wilson

Founder, Defense Distributed
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Edward Osborne Wilson

Biologist, Harvard University
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Fred Wilson

Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures
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John S. Wilson

Lead Economist in the Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank
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Jonny Wilson

DVJ & Producer, Eclectic Method
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Rainn Wilson

Actor
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Lizz Winstead

Comedian/Co-Creator, The Daily Show
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Wisconsin School of Business

Madison, Wisconsin
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David Wise

Intelligence Expert
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Lisa Witter

COO, Fenton Communications
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Harris Wofford

Senator (D) - Pennsylvania
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Peter Woit

Mathematical Physicist, Columbia University
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Anne Wojcicki

Co-Founder, 23andMe
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Naomi Wolf

Author/Radio Personality
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Nathan Wolfe

Director of Global Viral Forecasting
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Michael Wolff

Author & Columnist, Vanity Fair
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Stephen Wolfram

Physicist and Businessman
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Paul Root Wolpe

Senior Bioethicist, Emory University
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John Wood

Founder, Room to Read
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Jim Woolsey

fmr. Director of Central Intelligence (CIA)
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Kaspar Worm-Petersen

Co-founder and Editor, Grasp
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Michael Worobey

Ecologist and Evolutionary Biologist, University of Arizona
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Richard Wrangham

Primatologist, Harvard
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Evan Wright

Author; Journalist
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Jeffrey Wright

Actor, Entrepreneur
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Robert Wright

Author, “The Evolution of God”
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Ali Wyne

Researcher, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs