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Robert Montenegro

Ideafeed Editor
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Jonathon Keats

Experimental Philosopher and Conceptual Artist
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Tara Rockefeller

Board Member, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
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Jackson Allison

Big Think Contributor
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Francesca Gino

Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
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Bruce Feiler

Columnist, The New York Times
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Dave Nussbaum

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science, University fo Chicago Booth School of Business
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Lee Smolin

Founding & Senior Faculty Member, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
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Robert Greene

Author, The 50th Law
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Adam Alter

Associate Professor of Marketing, NYU Stern School of Business
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Ethan Nadelmann

Founder and Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance
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Ainissa Ramirez

Science Evangelist
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Derek Beres

Big Think Contributor
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Ai Weiwei

Artist
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Dennis Charney

Dean, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
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Julia Galef

President, Center For Applied Rationality
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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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Trevor Blake

Entrepreneur
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John Maeda

President, Rhode Island School of Design
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David Berning

Big Think Intern
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Tanvi Gautam

Contributor
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Nicholas Clairmont

Editorial Contributor
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Matthew Hutson

Author, the 7 Laws of Magical Thinking
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Jim Camp

CEO, The Camp Negotiation Institute
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James Gleick

Author and Science Historian
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Andrew Newberg

Neurotheology pioneer, Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine
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Slavoj Žižek

Philosopher