T1P (The 1 Point) #2: Brain Pickings

March 27, 2012

in Genius,Success,Thriving

The 1 Point (T1P) this week is Brain Pickings – an incredible website for anyone who is interested in learning to leverage the most precious and powerful natural resource on the planet: their own brain. I love this description from their ‘About’ page:

“Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.”

Maria Popova is a curator extraordinaire, and it would be very possible for even the most practical creatives like myself to become completely (and quite pleasantly) lost for hours following the trails of just one weekly newsletter. It is one of the few newsletters (of the plethora of ‘stuff’) I get that I actually open and scan. What I love most about the site is that in the space of a few minutes, I get at least one new insight, along with links to learn more if I choose. It allows me to stay somewhat aware of the latest research about the brain and get a new perspective on life in general.

If you are ever looking for a book on a particular subject but don’t want to risk getting lost in the candy store of amazon.com, check out the Bookshelf, or the ‘Best of’ posts, like this one: The Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2011.  And check out the review of Jonah Lehrer’s new book Imagine: How Creativity Works.

One word of warning: don’t go to this site if you already know how your brain works, why people do what they do, or you already have the secret to a life well-lived. You beliefs and omniscience will be challenged, and you might feel a powerful urge to do something you haven’t done in a while: step into the dark territory of the unknown and take a risk …and learn.

Take the risk. Invest in yourself. Take a step into the unknown territory of your own mind and spend five minutes on Brain Pickings. You’ll be amazed at how much you already know – and how much you still have to (and get to!) learn.



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