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Bertrand Russell on Power-Knowledge vs. Love-Knowledge, the Two Faces of Science, and What Makes Life Satisfying

4 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"In all forms of love we wish to have knowledge of what is loved, not for purposes of power but for the ecstasy of contemplation... This may indeed be made the touchstone of any love that is valuable."

The Inner Light That Makes Us Human: Legendary Science Writer Loren Eiseley on the Relationship Between Nature and Human Nature

5 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A poetic meditation on "the sole prescription, not for survival — which is meaningless — but for a society worthy to survive."

Emerson on Individual Integrity and Resisting the Tyranny of the Masses

5 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence... I wish not to concede anything to them, but to tame, drill, divide, and break them up, and draw individuals out of them."

Seneca on Grief and the Key to Resilience in the Face of Loss: An Extraordinary Letter to His Mother

5 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"No man has been shattered by the blows of Fortune unless he was first deceived by her favours."

Hannah Arendt on Science, the Value of Space Exploration, and How Our Cosmic Aspirations Illuminate the Human Condition

5 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A timeless case against human solipsism and a clarion call for non-egocentric curiosity about the nature of reality.

Sarah Jones Performs an Astonishing Chorus-of-Humanity Tribute to Jane Goodall

5 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"What makes us human makes us fellow creatures, creeping things, fauna of a fragile terrestrial biosphere, neither more nor less. All lives are consequential."

Victorian Marine Biologist Margaret Gatty’s Stunning Drawings of Seaweed

5 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

The tenderness of feathers meets the grandeur of trees in the otherworldly life-forms of the seas, which offered an unexpected entry point for women in science.

Inner Preacher vs. Inner Teacher: Ursula K. Le Guin on Meaning Beyond Message and the Primary Responsibility of the Artist

5 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"That’s how an artist can best speak as a member of a moral community: clearly, yet leaving around her words that area of silence, that empty space, in which other and further truths and perceptions can form in other minds."

Holocaust Survivor Primo Levi on Human Nature, Happiness and Unhappiness, and the Interconnectedness of Our Fates

5 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"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

5 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A moment of sweetness nestled between the mighty ages of eternity.

Gwendolyn Brooks on Vulnerability as Strength and Her Advice to Writers

5 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"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

5 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"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."

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