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The borderline between day and night. I often feel that borderlines and liminal states are the most beautiful front… https://t.co/1XlSbVBtPFCarl Sagan on the power of books and reading as the key to democracy https://t.co/eJHWlNRfuq https://t.co/gZAjKX6wv7What is science "for"? Pioneering physicist Enrico Fermi on the aim of knowledge and our ultimate responsibility to… https://t.co/d7MexKjV4Y“Relationship is the fundamental truth of this world of appearance.” https://t.co/hdPqjiERtQThe pioneering neuroscientist Antonio Damasio on how and why we feel what we feel https://t.co/stbzP8et5Y"A poem compresses much in a small space and adds music, thus heightening its meaning. The city is like poetry: it… https://t.co/CRtEymCnFO
7/17
2018
The Day I Became a Bird – a tender illustrated parable of falling in love and learning to unmask our true selves… https://t.co/yKZuTxgcWLLiving and loving through loss – beautiful letters of consolation from great artists, writers, and scientists, incl… https://t.co/zDyCaQz7CW1949 to your Monday: https://t.co/2D7uTVn79XWeekly highlights: Kahlil Gibran on love, Michael Pollan on how the science of psychedelics illuminates consciousne… https://t.co/r1hzOBqvoX"When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the wo… https://t.co/fVjdQ5SlhW“If we are not regularly deeply embarrassed by who we are, the journey to self-knowledge hasn’t begun.” THIS: https://t.co/nMikUlSm6kAstronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell turns 75 today. The fascinating and troubling story of how she revolutionized our u… https://t.co/DPjMqpXTXuThis Emily Dickinson poem ought to be the Internet's code of conduct. And life's. https://t.co/iw1OSidgIz
7/16
2018
The Prophet was one of the first books my grandpa gave me. The only section he had dogeared was the chapter on Love… https://t.co/cwl9skOXzC
Retweeted by Maria PopovaWonderful read on mastering the trying, deeply rewarding art of being alone https://t.co/FYffh1wUQ6 https://t.co/Po2eZ12taNThe science of stress and how our emotions affect our susceptibility to burnout and disease https://t.co/vl8wxHoKWq https://t.co/ijRxWge6UHWading through a tide pool, thinking about Rachel Carson. I can see why she spent half a lifetime immersed in this… https://t.co/2wq0CCOFs8Being vs. becoming — John Steinbeck on creative integrity, the art of changing your mind, and the humanistic duty o… https://t.co/aV2AnLm6y6“The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us.” https://t.co/YB1omZ7xVD“The most appalling quality of water is its strength. I love its flash and gleam, its music, its pliancy and grace,… https://t.co/HNJCLLIGPZAstronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who revolutionized our understanding of the universe with the discovery of pulsars… https://t.co/xv4w6ccBJdNYC: @amandapalmer is looking for 50 female (presenting/open) extras for a mighty feminist anti-Weinstein video sho… https://t.co/kWVI3or1HPShe was excluded from the Nobel Prize for her own discovery. She persisted and went on to pave the way for women in… https://t.co/os8bNyvQtFFascinating read on how the science of psychedelics illuminates consciousness, addiction, depression, and transcend… https://t.co/l0nXtqU3sP“Think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.” https://t.co/wqJqquwZAn180 years ago today, the young Emerson delivered his radical Harvard Divinity School commencement address about the… https://t.co/bSYcJVAcp5Astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell turns 75 today. The fascinating and troubling story of how she revolutionized our u… https://t.co/LZvY01zP12“Attention without feeling … is only a report.” Absolutely beautiful read: https://t.co/zuzOXOikdm“In broaching the possibility of being, in some way, against self-criticism, we have to imagine a world in which ce… https://t.co/m6k4SlXkWA
7/15
2018
Pretty much the Brain Pickings model (and color scheme) spotted at a farm stand in Bolinas. Should you wish to hono… https://t.co/hlpCwIXwzIThe science of stress and how our emotions affect our susceptibility to burnout and disease https://t.co/vl8wxHoKWq https://t.co/3ji5yaBjFBJanis Joplin on music, emotion, and the courage to be yourself https://t.co/l6jKljHTHz https://t.co/Vd5fkqUYVZComedian Bill Hicks on censorship and what freedom of speech really means — his brilliant letter to a dogmatic prie… https://t.co/E6uOCMkPR5“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means… https://t.co/z7VMNBzK7xWe lost Frida Kahlo on this day in 1954. She left art and women's place in creative culture forever changed. A love… https://t.co/EjrBaLKk7e“Think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.” The great Le… https://t.co/1vunDEQSEn
7/14
2018
Helen Keller's searing protest letter to the Nazis about book-burning, censorship, and the inextinguishable freedom… https://t.co/7TGbVKp8dY"Dear girl, you made for once quite a sensible suggestion … that we should make each other happy. Let us do that."… https://t.co/Gpl2vRml9l“Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which… https://t.co/JNgDot9C4dWole Soyinka — the first African writer to win the Nobel Prize in literature, who turns 84 today — on the healing p… https://t.co/axexO4PLf3Fascinating read on how our minds and our bodies converge in the healing of trauma https://t.co/fycej7YpC2“Only one mountain can know the core of another mountain.” We lost Frida Kahlo on this day in 1954. Besides her re… https://t.co/u0fs4EC4F8Lift your heart every Sunday with the free Brain Pickings newsletter: https://t.co/cMAsztrLi1 (Here's a taste:… https://t.co/VvDo8mK9we“If we are not regularly deeply embarrassed by who we are, the journey to self-knowledge hasn’t begun.” THIS https://t.co/nMikUlSm6kWe lost Frida Kahlo on this day in 1954. She left art and women's place in creative culture forever changed. A love… https://t.co/7ZUJSKmaS0On this day in 1938, physicist Lise Meitner went into exile, making a narrow escape from Nazi-occupied Austria acro… https://t.co/L9BoTu4LigHeartbreaking genius by @PiaGuerra https://t.co/aGfPGVkIh6MAKE A NOISE AGAINST TRUMP, BIGOTRY & RACISM. everybody in UK/London, MAKE US PROUD - i hope you’re marching today.… https://t.co/7IaBMXIpjC
Retweeted by Maria Popovajust texted to me from photographer kenny mathieson in parliament square, london. reading trump’s barely-veiled rac… https://t.co/GAqIwuOCkU
Retweeted by Maria PopovaFrida Kahlo died on this day in 1954 and left us her beautiful wisdom on how love amplifies beauty… https://t.co/C91clKhrEU @michaelpollan Ah, I only recommend — I don't review. But more to the point, thank YOU for this spectacular, culture-shifting book.Many thanks to @debbiemillman and @chipkidd for hosting such an inspiring evening for and with Cynthia. https://t.co/UsVjdwgtDr“Think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.” The great Le… https://t.co/UWYG3KBclo“In the street and in society I am almost invariably cheap and dissipated, my life is unspeakably mean.” Thoreau,… https://t.co/3ULJw5Ee7I“To feel the affection that comes from those whom we do not know … widens out the boundaries of our being, and unit… https://t.co/TDOrRlR0QE
7/13
2018
"If we were not so single-minded about keeping our lives moving, and for once could do nothing, perhaps a huge sile… https://t.co/k3gUi4ouNe“We hear and apprehend only what we already half know.” Thoreau, born 201 years ago today, on knowing vs. seeing a… https://t.co/gUQGkoKUO2On Neruda's birthday, his extraordinary life in an illustrated love letter to language https://t.co/ScDpgkjztR https://t.co/SLApmpSRIZMidnight tonight is the most important fundraising cutoff: https://t.co/vjuC8WV8iu. Primary is on 9/13. As Whitman… https://t.co/fUgPm6n393For comparison, Andrew Cuomo has raised 35 million for his campaign with only 0.1% coming from regular people, all… https://t.co/RJLu5SXwokI'm especially impressed with her bold decision to decline all corporate money and fund her entire campaign via sma… https://t.co/kV78KRHkjq"We need to fund schools, not jails." I knew little about @CynthiaNixon beyond her stewardship of Emily Dickinson's… https://t.co/RVHfrmvWTK“All friendships of any length are based on a continued, mutual forgiveness.” https://t.co/yFBhnQkLryTonight! Come. https://t.co/PdPOLMRFPK"Nature does in fact teem with subjectivities... other than our own; it is only the human ego, with its imagined mo… https://t.co/2ozcUzaereThe Wisdom of Trees — Walt Whitman on what our silent friends teach us about being rather than seeming… https://t.co/8F5CsLKsd4“Creative work bridges time because the energy of art is not time-bound… This makes our own death bearable.” https://t.co/A8A7FmAJn6Okay, I'm trying something new: Because Brain Pickings is in its 12th year, I've decided to cull from the vast ar… https://t.co/qtMTLGsPpZCry, Heart, But Never Break—a remarkable Danish illustrated meditation on love and loss https://t.co/nGkQdoWx7v https://t.co/iyyTNPxK7FLove is...Our liberation from orange tyranny. https://t.co/nPyJhPwLd4
Retweeted by Maria PopovaDear @AppleSupport, you make it impossible to find the option for making a Genius Bar appointment in the maze of yo… https://t.co/GKByMJNIDr"Nature does in fact teem with subjectivities... other than our own; it is only the human ego, with its imagined mo… https://t.co/AQICZvn4YzE.B. White, born on this day in 1899, on why he wrote "Charlotte's Web," plus his rare illustrated manuscript… https://t.co/tXXgrCEgWk
7/12
2018
Cry, Heart, But Never Break — a remarkable Danish illustrated meditation on love and loss https://t.co/nGkQdpe8w5 https://t.co/fwnIhFTxjy"Children... are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers o… https://t.co/fykNnVbRSD"As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the… https://t.co/hD8ocwY2T3“Kisses, my love, from your eyebrows down to your knees and back.” The riddles and puzzles Nabokov tucked into his… https://t.co/Zc6llKXN29“A poem compresses much in a small space and adds music, thus heightening its meaning. The city is like poetry.” O… https://t.co/5RVu3gKKsT
7/11
2018

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