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The Beauty of Uncertainty: How Heisenberg Invented Quantum Mechanics, Told in Jazz

Quantum mechanics and the combinatorial nature of creativity, set to song.<p>Seven decades after Henry David Thoreau explored the limits of knowledge and the value of “useful ignorance,” a very different intellectual titan, in a very different era, applied this philosophy to a very different field: In …

On Being Too Much for Ourselves: Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips on Balance and the Necessary Excesses of Life

“There are situations in which it is more dangerous to keep your balance than to lose it.”<p><i>“Something is always born of excess,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in June of 1945 as she contemplated the value of emotional excess, adding: <i>“Great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great</i> …

Pathways to Bliss: Joseph Campbell on Why Perfectionism Kills Love and How to Save Your Relationship

“Perfection is inhuman… What evokes our love … is the imperfection of the human being.”<p><i>“Where the myth fails, human love begins,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1941. <i>“Then we love a human being, not our dream, but a human being with flaws.”</i> Indeed, just like perfectionism kills creativity, it also …

Proust on What Art Does for the Soul and How to Stop Letting Habit Blunt Our Aliveness

“Artists are people who strip habit away and return life to its deserved glory.”<p><i>“There are few things humans are more dedicated to than unhappiness,”</i> philosopher <b>Alain de Botton</b> writes in the opening sentence of the intensely rewarding <b>How Proust Can Change Your Life</b> (<i>public library</i>). Among the key …

Emerson on What Beauty Really Means, How to Cultivate Its True Hallmarks, and Why It Bewitches the Human Imagination

“The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting.”<p>Creative culture is woven of invisible threads of influence — someone sees something created by another and it sparks something else in their own mind. We can trace some of these influences, but thanks to the …