Brain Pickings
Holocaust Survivor Primo Levi on Human Nature, Happiness and Unhappiness, and the Interconnectedness of Our Fates
April 24th, 2017, 10:45 AM
"A country is considered the more civilized the more the wisdom and efficiency of its laws hinder a weak man from becoming too weak or a powerful one too powerful."
Meryl Streep Sings Her Mother’s Lullaby
April 21st, 2017, 10:45 AM
A moment of sweetness nestled between the mighty ages of eternity.
The Founding Father of Neuroscience on Solitude, the Importance of Science in a Nation’s Greatness, and the Ideal Social Environment for Intellectual Achievement
April 20th, 2017, 10:45 AM
"Oh comforting solitude, how favorable thou art to original thought!"
Gwendolyn Brooks on Vulnerability as Strength and Her Advice to Writers
April 19th, 2017, 10:45 AM
"Wherever life can grow, it will. It will sprout out, and do the best it can."
Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy on the Unknown, the Horizons of the Knowable, and Why the Cross-Pollination of Disciplines is the Seedbed of Truth
April 19th, 2017, 10:45 AM
"What we cannot know creates the space for myth, for stories, for imagination, as much as for science... Stories are crucial in providing the material for what one day might be known. Without stories, we wouldn’t have any science at all."
Poetry as Protest and Sanctuary: Jane Hirshfield’s Magnificent Poem Against the Silencing of Science and the Assault on Nature
April 18th, 2017, 10:45 AM
"The facts were told not to speak / and were taken away. / The facts, surprised to be taken, were silent."
Kierkegaard on Time, the Fullness of the Moment, and How to Bridge the Ephemeral with the Eternal
April 18th, 2017, 10:45 AM
"The moment is not properly an atom of time but an atom of eternity. It is the first reflection of eternity in time, its first attempt, as it were, at stopping time."
How to Tell a True Tale: Neil Gaiman on What Makes a Great Personal Story
April 17th, 2017, 10:45 AM
"The gulf that exists between us as people is that when we look at each other we might see faces, skin color, gender, race, or attitudes, but we don’t see, we can’t see, the stories."
The Ethics of Belief: The Great English Mathematician and Philosopher William Kingdon Clifford on the Discipline of Doubt and How We Can Trust a Truth
April 14th, 2017, 10:45 AM
"It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence."
Ursula K. Le Guin on Redeeming the Imagination from the Commodification of Creativity and How Storytelling Teaches Us to Assemble Ourselves
April 13th, 2017, 10:45 AM
"Literature is the operating instructions. The best manual we have. The most useful guide to the country we’re visiting, life."
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