What is learning for if it doesn't lead to wisdom? That's a question worth asking in light of an ongoing cosmological street fight being waged (remarkably) in broad media daylight. The rumble tumbled the
From Ancient Greece to quantum mechanics, or what a Chinese room and a cat have to do with infinity. From the fine folks at the Open University comes 60-Second Adventures in Thought, a fascinating and
After seeing these stunning Buddhist temples located inside caves, we want to drop everything that we are currently doing and visit them. The isolation of these sites serves to intensify the spiritual
Maintaining a routine can help keep you productive. But stick to it too strictly, and your most interesting work may wither. We’re fascinated by habits. By learning how the Most Creative People do their
In our tech-packed world, it is the best of times and the worst of times for accomplishing what’s on your to-do list. Here’s how to do more, and sweat it less. It’s never been easier in human history get
Brain Pickings by Maria Popova - Kirstin Butler is writing an adaptation of Gogol for the Google era called Dead SULs, but when not doing the work spends far, far too much time on Twitter. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA.
How a numbered list can start a personal revolution. Some days everyone needs a little extra encouragement. The words or lines or colors don’t want to come, or worse, we don’t even want to sit down to
What Brazil’s favelas have to do with field science and Milton Glaser’s creative process. The nature and origin of creativity is the subject of many a theory. But, rather than theorizing about it, wouldn’t
Successful innovation requires the meeting of the right people at the right place with just the right problem. At the turn of the twentieth century, Thomas Edison was the most famous inventor in the world.
The rare talents of trust, gusto, and guts under pressure. Long before the listicle epidemic of the social web, 11th-century Japanese courtesan Sei Shanagon, the world’s first “blogger,” enumerated 7 things