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Joscha Bach

Cognitive Scientist, MIT Media Lab, Harvard Program for Evolutionary Dynamics

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Christopher Badcock

Emeritus Reader in Sociology, University of London

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John Baez

Mathematical Physicist, U.C. Riverside

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Per Bak

One of the founders of complex systems

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John Baldessari

American Conceptual Artist

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Mahzarin Banaji

Department Chair; Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University; Co-author (with Anthony Greenwald), Blind Spot

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Albert-lászló Barabási

Complex Network Scientist; Distinguished Professor and Director of Northeastern University's Center for Complex Network Research; Author, Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do

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Julian Barbour

Theoretical physicist; Author, The Janus Point

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John A. Bargh

Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University; Director, ACME (Automaticity in Cognition, Motivation and Evaluation) Lab

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John Perry Barlow

Co-founder and Co-chair, Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Cliff Barney

Former Journalist

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Simon Baron-Cohen

Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of Cambridge; Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge; Director, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge; Author, The Pattern Seekers

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Samuel Barondes

Professor of Neurobiology and Psychiatry, UCSF; Author, Making Sense of People

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Lisa Feldman Barrett

University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University; Research Neuroscientist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Author, Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

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Andrew Barron

Neuroethologist, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University

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John D. Barrow

Cosmologist; Physicist; Professor of Mathematical Science, Director, Millennium Mathematics Project, University of Cambridge; Author, The Book of Universes

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Thomas A. Bass

Professor of English and Journalism, State University of New York, Albany; Author of The Eudaemonic Pie and The Spy Who Loved US

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Mary Catherine Bateson

Professor Emerita, George Mason University; Visiting Scholar, Sloan Center on Aging & Work, Boston College; Author, Composing a Further Life

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Patrick Bateson*

Professor of Ethology, Cambridge University; Co-author, Design for a Life (*Deceased)

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Nicolas Baumard

Research Scientist at the CNRS, Paris and Associate Professor at ENS, Paris, France

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Roy Baumeister

Francis Eppes Eminent Scholar and head of the social psychology graduate program at Florida State University; Author, Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty

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Yves Béhar

Founder, Principal Designer of Fuseproject; CCO, Jawbone

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Isabel Behncke Izquierdo

Primatologist; Associate Professor, Social Complexity Research Centre (CICS) Gobierno UDD, Santiago de Chile; Visiting Researcher, Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group (SENRG) University of Oxford

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Gregory Benford

Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UC-Irvine; Novelist, The Berlin Project

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Yochai Benkler

Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard; Author, The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom

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Benjamin K. Bergen

Associate Professor, Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego; Author, What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves

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Nicolas Berggruen

Chairman, Berggruen Institute

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Jesse Bering

Psychologist; Associate Professor, Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago, New Zealand; Author, Perv

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Tim Berners-Lee

British Web Scientist and MIT professor; Inventor, the World Wide Web; Director, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

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Jeremy Bernstein

Professor Emeritus, Stevens Institute of Technology; Former Staff Writer, The New Yorker

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David Berreby

Journalist; Author, Us and Them

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Laura Betzig

Anthropologist; Historian

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Jeff Bezos

Founder & CEO, Amazon, Owner, Washington Post, Founder, Blue Origin

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Jamshed Bharucha

Psychologist; President Emeritus, Cooper Union

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Nick Bilton

Special Correspondent, Vanity Fair; Author, American Kingpin

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Roger Bingham

Cofounder and Director, The Science Network; Neuroscience Researcher, Center for Brain and Cognition, UCSD; Coauthor, The Origin of Minds; Creator PBS Science Programs

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Susan Blackmore

Psychologist; Visiting Professor, University of Plymouth; Author, Consciousness: An Introduction

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Andrew Blake

Research Director, The Alan Turing Institute

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Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Psychology Professor, University of Cambridge; Author, Inventing Ourselves

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Colin Blakemore

Chief Executive, Medical Research Council;Waynflete Professor of Physiology, University of Oxford

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Sandra Blakeslee

Science Writer, Co-author, Phantoms in the Brain

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Alan S. Blinder

Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University; Author, Advice and Dissent

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Ned Block

Silver Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, Neural Science, NYU

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Paul Bloom

Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale University; Author, Against Empathy

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Adam Bly

Head of Advanced Analytics, Spotify

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Giulio Boccaletti

Chief Strategy Officer of The Nature Conservancy; Author, Water: A Biography

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David Bodanis

Writer; Futurist; Author, Einstein's Greatest Mistake

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Stefano Boeri

Architect; Professor, Politecnico of Milan; Visiting Professor at Harvard GSD; Editor-in-Chief, Abitare magazine

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Ian Bogost

Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology; Founding Partner, Persuasive Games LLC; Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

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Zachary Bogue

Co-managing Partner, Data Collective

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Kirsten Bomblies

Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

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Joshua Bongard

Cyril G. Veinott Green and Gold Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Vermont Author, How the Body Shapes the Way We Think

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Lera Boroditsky

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science, UCSD

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Nick Bostrom

Professor, Oxford University; Director, Future of Humanity Institute; Author, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

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Raphael Bousso

Professor, Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics, UC Berkeley

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Robert Boyd

Origins Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

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Ed Boyden

Neuroscientist, MIT Media Lab; Leader, Synthetic Neurobiology Group, working on optogenetics and other tools

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Pascal Boyer

Anthropologist and Psychologist, Washington University in St. Louis; Author, Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought

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Stewart Brand

Founder, the Whole Earth Catalog; Co-founder, The Well; Co-Founder, The Long Now Foundation, and Revive & Restore; Author, Whole Earth Discipline

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David Braunschvig

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; Founder and Managing Principal, Braunschvig LLC

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Hubertus Breuer


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Larry Brilliant, MD

Pandemics researcher; Chairman of the Advisory Board for "Ending Pandemics"; Fmr. Professor of Epidemiology, U. Michigan

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Sergey Brin

Co-founder, Director of Special Projects for Google

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David Brin

Scientist; Speaker; Technical Consultant; Author, Existence

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Terry Bristol

President, Institute for Science

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Max Brockman

CEO, Brockman, Inc.

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Philip Brockman


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Rodney A. Brooks

Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus); Former Director, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (1997-2007); Founder, CTO, Robust.AI; Author, Flesh and Machines

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David Brooks

Columnist, New York Times; Author, The Second Mountain

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Mike Brown

Director, EMC Corporation; Past Chairman of The Nasdaq Stock Market Board of Directors

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James H. Brown

Ecologist; Distinguished Professor of Biology Emeritus, University of New Mexico and Santa Fe Institute; Author, Macroecology

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Andrew Brown

Journalist, The Guardian

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Stanley Buchthal

Producer, Hairspray

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Stephen Budiansky

Journalist; Author, Journey to the Edge of Reason

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David Bunnell

Founder, PC Magazine, PC World, Macworld, Macworld Expo, New Media and BioWorld

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Hubert Burda

Publisher and Chairman of the Board, Hubert Burda Media

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David M. Buss

Professor of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin; Author, When Men Behave Badly

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Eric Buterbaugh

Floral and Fragrance Designer; Founder, Eric Buterbaugh Gallery

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James Lee Byars

Internationally renowned artist whose work concentrated on minimal hermetic forms, reduction towards essence and absence, and an acute sense of the ephemeral