Brain Pickings
Polish Poet and Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska on How Our Certitudes Keep Us Small and the Generative Power of Not-Knowing
March 27th, 2017, 09:43 AM
"Whatever inspiration is, it's born from a continuous ‘I don't know.’"
This Is a Poem That Heals Fish: An Almost Unbearably Wonderful Picture-Book About How Poetry Works Its Magic
March 24th, 2017, 09:43 AM
"A poem ... is when you are in love and have the sky in your mouth."
The Sane Society: The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist Erich Fromm on How to Save Us From Ourselves
March 23rd, 2017, 09:43 AM
"The whole life of the individual is nothing but the process of giving birth to himself; indeed, we should be fully born, when we die."
The Measure of All Things: How Two French Astronomers Nearly Lost Their Lives Revolutionizing the World with the Invention of the Meter
March 22nd, 2017, 09:43 AM
"The fundamental fallacy of utopianism is to assume that everyone wants to live in the same utopia."
Beloved Artist Agnes Martin on Our Greatest Obstacle to Happiness and How to Transcend It
March 22nd, 2017, 09:43 AM
"No-one knows what your life or life itself should be because it is in the process of being created. Life moves according to a growing consciousness of life and is completely unpredictable."
Six Dots: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of Child Inventor Louis Braille, Illustrated
March 21st, 2017, 09:43 AM
How a tenacious boy created one of the most life-changing inventions in human history.
Anthony Burgess on What Gives Art and Science Their Immeasurable Value
March 21st, 2017, 09:43 AM
"[The] excitement we derive from a work of art is mostly the excitement of seeing connections that did not exist before, of seeing quite different aspects of life unified through a pattern."
Rebecca Solnit on Breaking Silence as Our Mightiest Weapon Against Oppression
March 20th, 2017, 09:43 AM
"We are our stories, stories that can be both prison and the crowbar to break open the door of that prison."
Diseases of the Will: Neuroscience Founding Father Santiago Ramón y Cajal on the Six Psychological Flaws That Keep the Talented from Achieving Greatness
March 17th, 2017, 09:43 AM
"Our neurons must be used ... not only to know but also to transform knowledge; not only to experience but also to construct."
The Telling: An Unusual and Profound 1967 Manifesto for Truth
March 17th, 2017, 09:43 AM
"The task of truth is divided among us, to the number of us... We must grasp the Subject with the tongs of our individual littleness; take the measure of it with what we are."
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