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Bringing Humanism Back into Science

It’s difficult for me to stay consistent with blogs that I read – especially so if they’re constantly being updated. Over the years, there’s been a constant churn in what I look at on the daily, with one exception. brainpickings.org, the brainchild of Maria Popova, consistently surprises and humbles me. Ms. Popova personally reads (at least) 100 books a year and then distills and contextualizes their messages with a warmth and passion that often feels lost in the sciences. If you’re interested in science, design, history, philosophy, and more, I would highly recommend giving it a glance.

 

https://www.brainpickings.org/

A Salon for the 21st Century

For at least a decade, one of my favorite websites to visit when I want long-form, deep conversations that span disciplines has been edge.org

The website is the product of John Brockman. While you might not know this name, you’ve almost certainly felt his impact. A publisher of science books for general audiences with a mission of bringing together artists, scientists, and the public, he is responsible for bestsellers like Guns, Germs, and Steel  among many others. I’d describe the website in more detail, but I think their header sums it up better than I ever could:

 

To arrive at the edge of the world’s knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves.