Elke week krijg ik een Brain Pickings nieuwsbrief in mijn inbox. Het is de enige nieuwsbrief waar ik echt naar uit kijk. Door Brain Pickings maakte ik kennis met lang verloren gewaande auteurs en bronnen van wijsheid. Wat een rijkdom!

Over Brain Pickings van de site zelf, door de auteur Maria Popova:

Brain Pickings is my one – woman labor of love – a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why. Mostly, it’s a record of my own becoming as a person – intellectually, creatively, spiritually – and an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life.

Founded in 2006 as a weekly e-mail that went out to seven friends and eventually brought online, the site was included in the Library of Congress permanent web archive in 2012.

The core ethos behind Brain Pickings is that creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our mental pool of resources – knowledge, insight, information, inspiration, and all the fragments populating our minds – that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways. In order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new ideas.

I think of it as LEGO – if the bricks we have are of only one shape, size, and color, we can build things, but there’s a limit to how imaginative and interesting they will be. The richer and more diverse that pool of resources, that mental library of building blocks, the more visionary and compelling our combinatorial ideas can be.

Brain Pickings – which remains ad-free and supported by readers – is a cross-disciplinary LEGO treasure chest, full of pieces spanning art, science, psychology, design, philosophy, history, politics, anthropology, and more; pieces that enrich our mental pool of resources and empower combinatorial ideas that are stronger, smarter, richer, deeper and more impactfull. Above all, it’s about how these different disciplines illuminate one another to glean some insight, directly or indirectly, into that grand question of how to live, and how to live well.

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