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10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings, Animated

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind."

A Voyage in the Clouds: The Heartening Illustrated Story of the First International Flight in 1785

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

How a Frenchman, an Englishman, a French bulldog named Henri, and an English bulldog named Henry overcame their differences to conquer the skies.

The Glass Universe: How Harvard’s Unsung Female Astronomers Revolutionized Our Understanding of the Cosmos Decades Before Women Could Vote

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

The untold story of the trailblazing women scientists and patrons who catalogued the stars and helped prove that the universe is expanding.

Legendary Physicist David Bohm on the Paradox of Communication, the Crucial Difference Between Discussion and Dialogue, and What Is Keeping Us from Listening to One Another

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"If we are to live in harmony with ourselves and with nature, we need to be able to communicate freely in a creative movement in which no one permanently holds to or otherwise defends his own ideas."

Preaching to the Chickens: How Civil Rights Legend John Lewis’s Humble Childhood Incubated His Heroic Life

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

The unlikely pen that furnished a revolutionary talent for words that move and mobilize mind, body, and spirit.

Joan Didion on Learning Not to Mistake Self-Righteousness for Morality

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something... but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen."

Stitching the Stars: Trailblazing Astronomer Maria Mitchell on the Needle as an Instrument of the Mind and Why Women Are Better Suited for Astronomy Than Men

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The eye that directs a needle in the delicate meshes of embroidery will equally well bisect a star with the spider web of the micrometer."

This Is Not a Picture Book: An Irreverent Illustrated Ode to Why We Read

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

“The object we call a book is not the real book, but its potential, like a musical score or seed,” Rebecca Solnit wrote in her beautiful meditation on why we read and write. And yet while the seed may be fertilized by the reader’s imagination,...Show More Summary

Descartes on the Cure for Indecision

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"There are no grounds for fear of the unknown: for often the things we most dreaded, before we experienced them, turn out to be better than those we desired."

Genes and the Holy G: Siddhartha Mukherjee on the Flawed Cultural History of IQ and Why We Can’t Measure Intelligence

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"If the history of medical genetics teaches us one lesson, it is to be wary of precisely such slips between biology and culture... Genes cannot tell us how to categorize or comprehend human diversity; environments can, cultures can, geographies can, histories can."

An Artist’s Life Manifesto: Marina Abramovi?’s Rules of Life, Solitude, and Silence

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the stars in the night sky."

You Are Here: Creative Cartography Mapping the Soul of New York

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Diversity fills the city with cartographic potential... New York belongs to everyone, and maps prove it."

A Truly Human Endeavor: Cosmologist Janna Levin on the Transcendence of Science, the Climb Toward Truth, and Why Scientists Do What They Do

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The climb is personal, a truly human endeavor, and the real expedition pixelates into individuals, not Platonic forms."

Hold Still: Sally Mann on the Treachery of Memory, the Dark Side of Photography, and the Elusive Locus of the Self

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Photographs economize the truth; they are always moments more or less illusorily abducted from time’s continuum."

C.S. Lewis on Equality and Our Core Misconception About Democracy

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The tempter always works on some real weakness in our own system of values: offers food to some need which we have starved."

Radical Hope: Philosopher Jonathan Lear on the Paradoxical Seedbed of Courage and Cultural Resilience

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Radical hope anticipates a good for which those who have the hope as yet lack the appropriate concepts with which to understand it."

Moon Man: Tomi Ungerer’s Timeless Vintage Illustrated Fable of How Fear and Cynicism Blind Us to Benevolence

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A radiant reminder that we transcend our darkness only by choosing to turn toward the light.

Einstein on Widening Our Circles of Compassion

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

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