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Neuroscientist Sam Harris on Our Misconceptions About Free Will and How Acknowledging Its Illusoriness Liberates Us Rather Than Taking Away Our Freedom

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Understanding this truth about the human mind has the potential to change our sense of moral goodness and what it would mean to create a just society."

Susan Sontag on How Photography Mediates Our Relationship with Life and Death

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"We no longer study the art of dying, a regular discipline and hygiene in older cultures; but all eyes, at rest, contain that knowledge. The body knows. And the camera shows, inexorably."

Chelsea Clinton Reads James Baldwin on the Creative Process and the Artist’s Role in Society

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The war of an artist with his society is a lover’s war, and he does, at his best, what lovers do, which is to reveal the beloved to himself and, with that revelation, to make freedom real."

The Effortless Effort of Creativity: Jane Hirshfield on Storytlling, the Art of Concentration, and Difficulty as a Consecrating Force of Creative Attention

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"In the wholeheartedness of concentration, world and self begin to cohere. With that state comes an enlarging: of what may be known, what may be felt, what may be done."

The Power of Perception and Critical Imagination: Alfred Kazin on Embracing Contradiction and How the Sacredness of Human Attention Shapes Our Reality

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The day, the living day, the actual moment, the pang of real life, — to be faithful to this, one must always pay attention, one must never dismiss anything a priority as too trivial."

Snail, Where Are You? Tomi Ungerer’s Wordless Vintage Conceptual Masterpiece

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

An illustrated celebration of our pattern-recognition ability and a radiant invitation to attentive wonderment.

How to Neutralize Haters: E.E. Cummings, Creative Courage, and the Importance of Protecting the Artist’s Right to Challenge the Status Quo

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"War and chaos have plagued the world for quite a long time, but each epoch creates its own special pulse-beat for the artists to interpret."

The Science of What Makes You You and How Old Your Body Really Is

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A biological Ship-of-Theseus exploration of how quickly your body replaces itself, from your nails to your neurons.

Geoff Dyer on the Paradoxical Rewards of Our Capacity for Disappointment

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"When I am no longer capable of disappointment the romance will be gone: I may as well be dead."

100 Days of Overthinking: An Illustrated Diary of Mental Meanderings

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A visual serenade to presence and a lamentation of how we continually eject ourselves from it.

William Blake’s Most Beautiful Letter: The 20-Year-Old Artist’s Searing Defense of the Imagination and the Creative Spirit

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way... As a man is, so he sees."

Nora Ephron on Women, Politics, and the Myth of Objectivity in Journalism

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"I've never believed in objective journalism... because all writing is about selecting what you want to use. And as soon as you choose what to select, you're not being objective."

Happy Birthday, Thoreau: The Beloved Philosopher on How to Use Civil Disobedience to Advance Justice

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison."

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Loneliness is personal, and it is also political. Loneliness is collective... We are in this together, this accumulation of scars... What matters is kindness; what matters is solidarity."

The Power of Solidarity in the Conquest of Justice: How Sixteen White Poets Banded Against Police Brutality and Stood Up for Amiri Baraka in 1968

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A beacon of searing solidarity by Denise Levertov, Charles Olson, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Duncan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and other politically awake titans of poetic might.

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