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Legendary Lands: Umberto Eco on the Greatest Maps of Imaginary Places and Why They Appeal to Us – Brain Pickings

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***For the Map Nerds Among Us Series: Imaginary Places***

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          Map-making is the most important intellectual tool you can have. It is indeed a tool for all seasons: grounded in observation, imagination, and the making of connections. Today’s post is from Brain Pickings and introduces Umberto Eco’s wonderful compilation of maps of imaginary places. I have the book and absolutely refuse to part with it. Enjoy!

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Source: Legendary Lands: Umberto Eco on the Greatest Maps of Imaginary Places and Why They Appeal to Us – Brain Pickings

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The Mushroom Hunters: Neil Gaiman’s Feminist Poem About Science, Read by Amanda Palmer – Brain Pickings

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***Ideas from Brain Pickings Series: Women in Science***

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          Regular readers of this curated information blog know how much I admire the work of Maria Popova and Brain Pickings. Today’s post is a very special one and tells the story of Maria’s recent hosting of a live poetry series that included Neil Gaiman’s new poem on women in science, the Mushroom Hunters read by his wife, Amanda Palmer. Enjoy!

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Source: The Mushroom Hunters: Neil Gaiman’s Feminist Poem About Science, Read by Amanda Palmer – Brain Pickings

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The Trans-Sensory Transcendence of Music: Helen Keller’s Electrifying Letter About “Hearing” Beethoven’s Ode to Joy – Brain Pickings

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***The Power of Music Series: Impact in Our Lives***

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          I haven’t shared an essay from Brain Pickings lately and this is a good one for reflections on a weekend. We know personally the effect that music has on our spirits; research is telling us more every day. This inspiring essay from Brain Pickings shares how Helen Keller felt after “listening” to Beethoven’s Ninth. The impact of the vibrations alone enabled her to experience the Ode to Joy deeply. There are mysteries still to be discovered about music’s deep powers.

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Source: The Trans-Sensory Transcendence of Music: Helen Keller’s Electrifying Letter About “Hearing” Beethoven’s Ode to Joy – Brain Pickings

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Standing at the Gates of Hope – Brain Pickings

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***Nurturing Hope in Time of Crisis Series***

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          Brain Pickings always comes up with just the right share in difficult times. Read this most appropriate essay and thank Maria Popova for giving it to us.

          The featured images are playing cards transformed into tiny pieces of art by one of my favorite art therapists, Artwell Art Therapy in Australia.

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“A beautiful meditation on anchoring our humanity in troubled times.”

Source: Standing at the Gates of Hope – Brain Pickings

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Rebecca Solnit on Hope in Dark Times, Resisting the Defeatism of Easy Despair, and What Victory Really Means for Movements of Social Change – Brain Pickings

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***Keeping Hope Alive Series***

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          Brain Pickings always seems to share just the right post when we need it. There are very important lessons in this essay and it bears reading over and over again. The work has just begun…the work goes on.

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“This is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be foreseen. It’s also a nightmarish time. Full engagement requires the ability to perceive both…”

Source: Rebecca Solnit on Hope in Dark Times, Resisting the Defeatism of Easy Despair, and What Victory Really Means for Movements of Social Change – Brain Pickings

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Physicist David Bohm on Creativity – Brain Pickings

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          Brain Pickings shares the best ideas on creativity from many different sources. I consider this essay on David Bohm’s understanding of human creativity to be essential reading for all of us. It is another testimony to my belief that the solutions to problems and opportunities in our society lie at the intersection of the arts and science and require a mind attuned to both.

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“No really creative transformation can possibly be effected by human beings … unless they are in the creative state of mind that is generally sensitive to the differences that always…”

Source: Physicist David Bohm on Creativity – Brain Pickings

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Why Look at Animals: John Berger on What Our Relationship with Our Fellow Beings Reveals About Us – Brain Pickings

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***It’s All About The Seeing, Seeing Deeply To Understanding And Action***

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          John Berger was a treasure, not just for the world of the arts but for all aspects of life and community.  His focus on “seeing,” on getting to the heart of understanding, is exactly what we need now as we move through times requiring a rethinking and transformation of the basic infrastructures on which we create our world. Today’s post from Brain Pickings shares Berger’s profound understanding of the seeing at the essence of being and becoming, If you have never read John Berger’s work do so now. It offers a grounding for the work we need to begin.

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Source: Why Look at Animals: John Berger on What Our Relationship with Our Fellow Beings Reveals About Us – Brain Pickings

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Life and Work of John Berger!

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The Swan and the Blue Sail: Patti Smith on the Creative Impulse and the Childhood Epiphany in Which She Knew She Was an Artist – Brain Pickings

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Celebrating a Birthday and a Life of Creatiivty:

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          Brain Pickings offers us a wonderful last day of the year essay in this story of Patti Smith and how she discovered the wellsprings of her own creativity. It includes Maria Popova’s musings on Patti, as well as two audios of the artist reading from her memoirs. The image of the swan and the blue sail is a painting for the imagination. Today is a good day for thinking about how you discovered the sources of your own creativity, a meditation for the end of one year and the start of the new.

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“I felt a twinge, a curious yearning, imperceptible to passersby, my mother, the trees, or the clouds.”

Source: The Swan and the Blue Sail: Patti Smith on the Creative Impulse and the Childhood Epiphany in Which She Knew She Was an Artist – Brain Pickings

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The Creative Architect: Inside Psychology’s Most Ambitious and Influential Study of What Makes a Creative Person – Brain Pickings

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Understanding What Makes Us Creative (Advancing Towards the New Year)

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           As always, Brain Pickings offers us just the right meditation as we approach the new year. This is a thoughtful reflection on what we know about creativity and how it affects our lives. Read and ponder for the coming year.

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“The creative person has the courage to experience opposites of his nature and to attempt some reconciliation of them in an individuated expression of himself.”

Source: The Creative Architect: Inside Psychology’s Most Ambitious and Influential Study of What Makes a Creative Person – Brain Pickings

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The Creative Apothecary Wishes All A Creative New Year!

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A Different Kind of Progress: The Poetry and Philosophy of Rilke, Rumi, Mary Oliver, and Tagore, Set to Song – Brain Pickings

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Music and the Words, Philosophy-Poetry and Song:

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          Brain Pickings gives us a wonderful gift by introducing Shannon Hawley’s song cycle based on the poetry and philosophy of several well-loved writers. It is a treat for the ear, the mind, and the spirit.

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“A beautiful musical homage to the eternal dance of life and death.”

Source: A Different Kind of Progress: The Poetry and Philosophy of Rilke, Rumi, Mary Oliver, and Tagore, Set to Song – Brain Pickings

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Power of Music, Poetry, Philosophy!

 

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