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Robert Montenegro

Ideafeed Editor
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Jonathon Keats

Experimental Philosopher
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Eric Green

Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute
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Kevin Strange

Director and Professor, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
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Frans de Waal

Biologist and primatologist
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Rita Baldini

Big Think Contributor
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Ramez Naam

Computer Scientist 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

Cultural sociologist, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Sonja Lyubomirsky

Author, The Myths of Happiness
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Rick Smolan

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Dennis Charney

Dean of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
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Paul Ekman

Clinical 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, The Information
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Bryan Sykes

Founder and Chairman, Oxford Genetics
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Mark Hyman

Author, The Blood Sugar Solution
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Contributor, Big Think
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Charles Duhigg

Investigative Journalist
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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 and HHMI Investigator
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John Horgan

Author, The End of War