2012 : WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DEEP, ELEGANT, OR BEAUTIFUL EXPLANATION?

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Professor, Financial Engineering, Columbia University;...
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Father of Behavioral Economics; Recipient, 2017 Nobel...
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CEO and Managing Director, Intellectual Ventures; Co-Author...
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Neuroscientist; Professor & Director, Center for Brain...
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Theoretical Physicist, Stanford; Father of Eternal Chaotic...
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Co-director of LSE's Centre for Philosophy of Natural...
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Research affiliate, MIT Media Lab
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Founder, the Whole Earth Catalog; Co-founder, The Well; Co-...
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Professor, Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics, UC...
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Professor of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin;...
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Theoretical physicist
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Neuroscientist; Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral...
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Editor, The Feuilleton (Arts and Essays), of the German...
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Philosopher; Director, Scientific Vortex, Inc.
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Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media, Inc.; Author, WTF?:...
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Associate Professor of Psychology, Cornell University
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Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; Stanford...
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Neuroscientist, Stanford University; Author, Incognito, Sum...
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Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford...
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Department Chair; Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social...
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Reader, Behavioral Ecology, University College London
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Cultural psychologist, writer, and consultant
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Social and Cognitive Scientist; CEU Budapest and CNRS Paris...
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Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration, NASA...
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Blogging and RSS Software Pioneer; Editor, Scripting News...
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Planetary Scientist; Cassini Imaging Team Leader; Director...
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Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley
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Associate Professor of Psychology, Princeton University
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Physicist, University of Vienna; Scientific Director,...
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Writer, Artist, Designer; Author; Google Artist in Residence
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Professor & Director, Institute of Philosophy School of...
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Associate Professor of Journalism, American University;...
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Science Writer; Fellow, Royal Society of Literature and the...
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Professor of Biological Sciences, Physics, Astronomy,...
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Biologist; Associate Professor, University of Minnesota,...
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Master of the New College of the Humanities; Supernumerary...
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Founder of field of Evolutionary Psychology; Co-director,...
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Physicist, MIT; Researcher, Precision Cosmology; Scientific...
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Founding Managing Director, SchoolDash; Co-organizer, Sci...
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Information Scientist and Professor of Electrical...
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Mathematician and Economist; Managing Director of Thiel...
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Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and...
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Professor of Physics at Brown University; Author, The Jazz...
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Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University; Director,...
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Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, MetaMed Research
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Chief Strategy Officer of The Nature Conservancy
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Independent Researcher; Author, The Princeton Field Guide...
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Columnist, The New York Times Magazine; Editorial Director...
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Professor of Linguistics and Western Civilization, Columbia...
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Artist; Composer; Recording Producer: U2, Coldplay, Talking...
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Chair of Developmental Psychology in Society, University of...
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Biological Anthropologist, Rutgers University; Author, Why...
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Consultant; Adaptive Optics and Adjunct Professor of...
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Physics writer; Author, Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn
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Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Research in the Arts,...
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Archaeologist; Journalist; Author, Artifacts, Past Poetic
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Technology Forecaster; Consulting Associate Professor,...
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Professor and Chairman of Computer Science, Brandeis...
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Contributing Editor, Foreign Policy; Syndicated Columnist;...
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Nobel Prize in Physics Laureate; Senior Astrophysicist,...
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Director, Cambridge Embodied Cognition and Emotion...
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Theoretical Physicist; Aix-Marseille University, in the...
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Head of Research Group Systems, Neuroscience and Cognitive...
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Professor of Environmental Studies, Brown University;...
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Psychiatrist; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry,...
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Professor of Ethology, Cambridge University; Co-author,...
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Senior Scientist, MacroCognition LLC; Author, Seeing What...
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Philosophy and Economic Theory, the New School for Social...
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Software Pioneer; Philosopher; Author, A Realtime...
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Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy, Dartmouth College...
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George Putnam Professor of Biology, Harvard University;...
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Tisch University Professor of Computer Science, Cornell...
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Founder, TED Conference; EG Conference; TEDMED Conferences...
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Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, Johannes Gutenberg-...
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Computer Scientist, UC Berkeley, School of Information;...
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Visiting Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology; Author...
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Philosopher, Novelist; Recipient, 2014 National Humanities...
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Professor of Mathematical Physics, Tulane University;...
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Founding Editor, 3QuarksDaily.com
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Professor of Psychiatry, Translational Neuroscience...
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Physicist, Harvard University; Author, Dark Matter and the...
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Neuroscientist, Stanford University; Author, Behave
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Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UC-Irvine;...
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Professor of Quantum Mechanical Engineering, MIT; Author,...
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Theoretical Physicist; Professor, Department of Physics,...
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Independent Investigator and Theoretician; Author, The...
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Journalist; Editor, Nova 24, of Il Sole 24 Ore
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Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Translational Science...
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Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus); Former Director...
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Recipient, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2002;...
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Artist, Literary Agent; Co-Founder, Edge.org; President,...
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Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University...
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Professor of Psychology, Hope College; Co-author,...
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Social Psychologist, University of British Columbia; Co-...
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Computational Neuroscientist; Francis Crick Professor, the...
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Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of...
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Co-founder, Pixar; Digital Imagery Pioneer & Visionary
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Computer Scientist, Yale University; Chief Scientist,...
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Producer; Founder, Managing Director, Skyscraper...
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Physicist, MIT; Recipient, 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics;...
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Psychologist, UC, Berkeley; Author, The Gardener and the...
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Professor of Life Sciences, Director, Center for Evolution...
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Senior Consultant (and former Editor-in-Chief and...
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Complexity Scientist; Scientist in Residence at Lux Capital...
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Psychologist; Assistant Professor of Marketing, Stern...
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Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Professor of the...
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Professor of Journalism, New York University; Former...
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Physicist, Director, MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms;...
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Professor of English and Journalism, State University of...
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Neuroscientist; Collège de France, Paris; Author,...
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Albert Einstein Professor in Science, Departments of...
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Distinguished Professor of Physiology, Pharmacology, and...
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Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of...
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Evolutionary Biologist; Emeritus Professor of the Public...
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Neurologist and Cognitive Neuroscientist, The New School;...
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Associate Professor, Cognitive Science, University of...
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Practicing Neurologist, New York City; Playwright, Off-Off...
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Psychologist, UPenn; Director, Penn Laboratory for...
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Complex Network Scientist; Distinguished Professor and...
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Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration,...
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Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, Yale...
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Professor of Medicine at UCSD
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Psychologist; Director, Harding Center for Risk Literacy,...
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Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of Oxford;...
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Classics Scholar, University Librarian, ASU; Author, Pagans
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Director, External Affairs, Science Museum Group; Co-author...
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TV documentary producer
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Cognitive Scientist, French National Center for Scientific...
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Curator, Serpentine Gallery, London; Editor: A Brief...
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Professor of Neurobiology and Psychiatry, UCSF; Author,...
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Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology, Duke University;...
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Physicist, Perimeter Institute; Author, Einstein's...
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Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University;...
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Professor of Physics & Astronomy, University of...
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Editor-in-Chief of Nature since 1995; Beginning summer 2018...
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Physicist, former President, Weizmann Institute of Science...
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Social & Technology Network Topology Researcher;...
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Science Historian ; Author, Turing’s Cathedral; Darwin...
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Author, Utopia is Creepy
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Theoretical Physicist; Foundation Professor, School of...
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Psychologist, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Author...
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Mathematical Physicist, Columbia University; Author, Not...
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Mathematician; Executive Director, H-STAR Institute,...
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Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, NYU; Author,...
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Publisher, Skeptic magazine; Monthly Columnist, Scientific...
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Clinical Psychologist; Author, What's the Matter with...
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CEO, Socratic Arts Inc.; John Evans Professor Emeritus of...
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Mathematician, Harvard; Co-author, The Shape of Inner Space
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Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished University Professor of...
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Distinguished Research Fellow, English Department,...
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Actor; Writer; Director; Host, PBS program Brains on Trial...
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Mathematician; Computer Scientist; Cyberpunk Pioneer;...
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Founding Dean, Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate...
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Chemistry Blogger, Pipeline; Medicinal Chemist, Preclinical...
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Philosopher; Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, Co...
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Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland, Baltimore...
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President & CEO, Science World British Columbia;...
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Writer; Speaker; Thinker, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Professor Emeritus, Stevens Institute of Technology; Former...
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Senior Maverick, Wired; Author, What Technology Wants and...
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Cognitive Scientist, UC, Irvine; Author, The Case Against...
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Associate Professor of Information Sciences, University of...
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Professor of Geography, University of California Los...
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Playwright & Director; Founder, The Ontological-...
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Research Associate & Lecturer, Harvard; Adjunct...
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Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard...
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Professor, Harvard University; Director, Personal Genome...
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Professor of Cognitive Philosophy, Department of Philosophy...
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Media Analyst; Documentary Writer; Author, Throwing Rocks...
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Science writer; Author, Monsters
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Former President, The Royal Society; Emeritus Professor of...
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Psychologist; President Emeritus, Cooper Union
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Theoretical Physicist, Caltech; Author, Something Deeply...
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Founder and CEO of Projection Point; Author, The Utopia...
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Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering, New York...
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Director, Big History Institute and Distinguished Professor...
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Felix Bloch Professor in Theoretical Physics, Stanford;...
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Psychologist; Director, Quality of Life Research Center,...
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Managing Director, Excel Venture Management; Co-author (...
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Philosopher and Researcher, Centre National de la Recherche...
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Emeritus Professor of Psychology, London School of...
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Gerontologist; Chief Science Officer, SENS Foundation;...
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Anthropologist, Research Director, Centre National de la...
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Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Imperial...
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Author, The Math Book, The Physics Book, and The Medical...
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Physicist, Institute of Advanced Study; Author, Disturbing...
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Former Financier; Author, Age of Stagnation
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Johnstone Family Professor, Department of Psychology;...
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Physicist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Psychologist; Visiting Professor, University of Plymouth;...
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Artist
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Professor of the Prehistory of Humanity, University of...