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Robert Montenegro

Ideafeed Editor
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Jonathon Keats

Experimental Philosopher and Conceptual Artist
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Eric Green

Director, National Human Genome Research Institute
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Kevin Strange

President, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
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Frans de Waal

Professor of Primate Behavior, Emory University
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Rita Baldini

Big Think Contributor
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Ramez Naam

Technologist and Author
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Kas Thomas

Big Think Contributor
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Alex Berezow

Editor, RealClearScience
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Eva Illouz

Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Sonja Lyubomirsky

Professor of Psychology, UC Riverside
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Rick Smolan

CEO, Against All Odds Productions and Former TIME, LIFE and National Geographic Photographer
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Dennis Charney

Dean, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
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Paul Ekman

Psychologist
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Jesse Bering

Author, Why is the Penis Shaped Like That?
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Nicholas Clairmont

Editorial Contributor
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Stephen Coscia

Big Think Intern
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James Gleick

Author and Science Historian
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Bryan Sykes

Founder and Chairman, Oxford Genetics
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Mark Hyman

Founder and Medical Director, The UltraWellness Center
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Amanda Whitman

Contributor, Big Think
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Charles Duhigg

Reporter, The New York Times
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Wine Writer
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Gloria Feldt

Former CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
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Big Think Video Producers
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Jena Pincott

Author, Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?
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Leigh Gallagher

Assistant Managing Editor, Fortune
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Rob Martienssen

Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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John Horgan

Author, The End of War